National Guard Gets No Relief During Shutdown

Since the government shutdown on Oct. 1, the Pay Our Military act has ensured that many Department of Defense civilian employees and military members would be able to work and get paid. However, this bill does little to help most members of the National Guard.

Since the shutdown, weekend drills for some National Guard units have been cancelled although some states have been able to use local funds. Other activities, such as annual training, weapons qualification, PT tests, and medical checkups have also been cancelled.

National Guard spokesman John Goheen told ArmyTimes.com that "there will not be any weekend drills until the shutdown is over." The National Guard consists of around 465,000 personnel, a majority of which are unable to train and collect their paychecks.