Guard Coalition Asks Hagel to Exempt Mil Techs from Furloughs

(March 25, 2013) The National Guard Coalition has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to exempt military technicians from the furloughs made necessary by sequestration.

NGAUS, the Adjutants General Association of the United States and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States sent the defense secretary a letter last week saying the readiness of the National Guard and the Reserve is dependent upon the work of the uniformed technicians.

“Military technicians perform daily the vital training, maintenance and administrative functions that maintain the high level of readiness required for critical domestic and overseas missions,” they wrote in the letter signed by the top official in each organization.

Sequestration has required the federal government to furlough thousands of employees. However, military personnel are exempt to limit the impact on military readiness.

Military technicians are the only personnel wearing military uniforms that are subject to the furloughs.

“We ask that you please expand the military personnel sequester exemption to include military technicians who are an indispensable part of our force,” the letter says.

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