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Military Pay Exempt from 2014 Sequestration

Army Times reports that “troops’ pay will continue to be exempted from the budget cuts known as sequestration during fiscal 2014.”

“The White House formally notified Congress on Friday that the Defense Department’s military personnel accounts will continue to be exempted, a move that will likely force the Pentagon to make deeper reductions in other parts of the defense budget, such as training and readiness, modernization and new weapons systems.”

“The federal law that imposed the latest round of budget cuts in March — which are due to last for a decade unless Congress repeals or amends the sequestration law — offered President Obama the option of exempting the Pentagon’s military personnel budget accounts, which is why civilian Defense Department employees are facing furloughs this year but uniformed troops’ pay and allowances have been unaffected.”