National Guard soldiers, airmen to be furloughed

Associated Press

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - More than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Hawaii will be living with 20% less pay over the next three months as the Defense Department carries out automatic federal budget cuts.

They're among the Guard members nationwide who will be furloughed for one day a week starting Monday.

The cuts mean the helicopter pilots and mechanics, pay and finance clerks and others who keep the Guard operating will have eight hours less each week to do their jobs.

It's not immediately clear exactly what effects the unprecedented cuts will have or how many uniformed personnel will be affected nationwide.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the furloughs will affect nearly 1,000 guardsmen in his state and are his biggest concern for this summer's hurricane season.

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