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The Issue:  National Guard military technicians will be furloughed due to sequestration

Immediate Action Required: Ask your senators and representative to exempt National Guard military technicians from furloughs

The Pentagon long ago exempted uniformed personnel from sequestration to limit the impact of ongoing budget debates on military readiness.

The Pentagon did not go far enough. It did not include the approximately 53,000 National Guard military technicians, who wear a military uniform, constitute more than half of the National Guard's full-time force and are vital to National Guard readiness.

On Friday, the Defense Department will likely begin the process to furlough more than 800,000 civilian employees. But that will include National Guard military technicians, who are unique to the federal workforce because they must be members of the National Guard to qualify for their jobs.

National Guard military technicians will be the only people wearing military uniforms who will be subject to furloughs.  

Time remains to prevent this harm to National Guard readiness. Contact your elected officials and ask them to exempt National Guard military technicians from furloughs due to sequestration.

Originally posted to aaraujo on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM PST.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos.

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