Sequester hits federal workers in Wisconsin National Guard
MILWAUKEE - National furloughs will be affecting hundreds of Wisconsin National Guard members this summer. According to the Journal Sentinel, many will be required to take 11 furlough days.
"The sequester will affect roughly 700 people who are considered Department of Defense technicians, which range from pilots and mechanics to folks who work in finance and human resources," according to Meg Jones with the Journal Sentinel. "National Guard members recently received word of just how many furlough days, which had been rumored to be as many as 20."
The furlough days must be taken by Sept. 30.
"The key is we're maintaining readiness, but we have had to make significant adjustments to how we train and operate in order to maintain that capability," Wisconsin guard spokesman Maj. Paul Rickert told Jones. "It is a reduced capability. If you remove 20 percent of the people in your office, you won't have the same capabilities."
The 700 is only a small percentage of the more than 10,000 guard members in Wisconsin, but the rest are either state employees or exempt active-duty personnel.