Budget Cuts May Spur Involuntary Separations

February 27, 2013

While the Pentagon’s military personnel budget accounts are exempt from sequestration, the automatic cuts could force the acceleration of already planned personnel reductions and increase the likelihood that the services have to make some of those cuts involuntary, the services’ personnel chiefs said Wednesday.

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel panel, defense and service personnel officials said decisions on troop strength could be made within 30 to 60 days after sequestration happens.

The Army is the service most likely to make cuts. The Air Force and Marine Corps indicated they may not need to take any extraordinary action, and the Navy said it would have to consider the overall budget situation before deciding.

Sequestration could happen as early as midnight Thursday, but personnel cuts and even the threatened furloughs of 800,000 civilian workers would not happen right away.

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