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    News of a DoD document outlining plans to deal with the possible government shut down hit the web causing concern for military service members and their families. The specific concern is the DoD plan to deal with military pay.

    The 13-page draft plan prepared for the services and defense agencies says “All military personnel will continue in normal duty status regardless of their affiliation with exempt or non-exempt activities. Military personnel will serve without pay until such time as Congress makes appropriated funds available to compensate them for this period of service.”

    Since my original blog post on the subject, congress passed a fifth continuing resolution that extended the deadline to April 8. This means that the April 15 pay day could be impacted. There are two things to keep in mind if the government shut down occurs.

    First, the longest government shut down in the last 20 years occurred in late 1995 and lasted 21 days. In the worst case scenario a shut down would result in a delay in military pay, but service members will eventually get paid.

    Second, if the Fed does shut down there are branch specific financial relief resources military service members can turn to for temporary financial assistance.

    •Sailors and Marines can turn to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.
    •Soldiers can get help through the Army Emergency Relief program.
    •Airman can reach out to the Air Force Aid Society
    •Coast Guardsman can find help through Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.
    Under no circumstances should service members turn to commercial sources for financial assistance with dealing with any pay issues. This is the kind of situation where service members can get easily forced into a pay day loan and get themselves in financial quicksand. If the Fed shuts down, your first steps should be to contact your landlord, creditors, and utility companies to explain the situation and then contact your service branch’s relief organization. They can offer short-term loans to help bridge the gap without causing more financial hardship.

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      Bill would guarantee military pay in a shutdown

      By Rick Maze - Staff writer
      Posted : Friday Apr 1, 2011 16:22:07 EDT
      <form id="hidden"> <input id="headline" value="Bill would guarantee military pay in a shutdown" type="hidden"> <input id="body" value="You have been sent an online news article as a courtesy of To view the contents go to:" type="hidden"> <input id="url" value="" type="hidden"> </form> A group of House Republicans took the first step Friday toward trying to guarantee the military would get paid if there is a government shutdown.
      There are heavy political undertones to the bill, and no guarantee it will pass, but it marks acknowledgement by lawmakers that the Defense Department’s current plan calls for service members to work without pay if Congress fails to keep the government running.
      Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, chief sponsor of what is being called the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act, said the goal is to reassure service members and their families that no matter what happens with the federal budget, they will get paid.