Briefing: ‘Virtually All’ Navy Civilians Face Furlough

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to local media after an all hands call at the Naval Postgraduate School in February. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to local media after an all hands call at the Naval Postgraduate School in February. US Navy Photo

In the event of sequestration, U.S. Navy civilians could face a loss 22 days of their income for Fiscal Year 2013, according to briefing slides from the service.

“Virtually all,” Navy civilians face a furlough if the automatic budget cuts go into effect beginning in late April for “virtually all employees,” according to the slides.

Exceptions include civilians deployed to a combat areas and those needed to prevent unacceptable risk to life or property.

“Navy civilians are essential to what we do as a Navy. You repair and maintain our ships, aircraft and combat systems; plan and manage our budgets; and design and engineer our future force,” wrote Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert in a Thursday blog.

“Civilians will continue to play a critical role in those efforts, even in the face of budget uncertainty and fiscal challenges,” he said.

Currently the navy employs about 186,000 civilians in 20 countries.

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