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If Government Shuts Down, Troops Won't Get Paid

By March 16, 2011

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U.S. troops could be required to report to work without pay if a budget clash in Congress results in a government-wide shutdown, according to draft planning guidance circulating in the Pentagon, detailed in an Army Times story.

A shutdown could happen as early as next week, as the government is set to run out of money at midnight March 17. A bill that would keep the government operating temporarily has been prepared in the House of Representatives, but it is not clear when or if it might pass.

March 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm
(1) Sam says:


March 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm
(2) dc says:

That’s crazy how can they make us work and not even be responsible enough to pay us. They don’t care because they are over paid for doing nothing so they don’t have to worry about it. If this happens the military will be dealing with a lot of soldiers who don’t care anymore. They can send us to war multiple times and ask us to sacrifice are lives and leave everything we love behind while we fight. The way we get paid for it is to be told oh yeah we might not be able to pay you ha what a joke. Maybe if they took a pay cut and were not way over paid there would be enough to pay the troops on time for the job they do in defending the country and putting other peoples safety over there own. I just want to say whoever let it come to this YOU ARE A JOKE and I have no respect for you.

March 17, 2011 at 5:45 am
(3) Deployed says:

I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and this is complete BS. Our troops are still being blown up over here and you’re telling me it’s a possibility that our service members might not be getting paid for the job we are still doing over here??? It’s stressful enough over here and you’re putting a question mark on also being able to support our families back home??? This is uncomprehensible.

March 18, 2011 at 1:27 am
(4) Navy submariner says:

I think this goes a little deeper than just supporting your family. If the government is so mismanaged that it can’t even pay it’s troops, then how do you think the rest of the country is faring? I don’t think this government has very much longer before it simply shuts down. I’m grabbing some guns, buying up the cheapest land i can get and getting out. I’ll grow my own food out in a shack and know my family is provided for before i let myself rely on this government any longer. Enough is enough. I love my country and i love my constitution, but my government doesn’t know it’s head from it’s backside, assuming it even has a head at this point.

March 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm
(5) tamkee says:

So does this mean that our congress/senate/president won’t get paid either?????

March 25, 2011 at 3:01 am
(6) YOUR DADDY says:

president and congress will get pail. our troops (me) will not.

March 31, 2011 at 2:39 am
(7) naxxie says:

Not true… :

‎”Last week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) stipulating that the president and members of Congress would not be paid if the government shuts down over a spending impasse.”

No one working for the federal govt will receive pay.

The troops above ALL should get paid.. this is a no brainer. The troops and the elderly, relying on Social Security, should be exempt from this.

March 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm
(8) sharon ann says:

this is total bull crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how can we afford to not to pay our military but ask them…no ….tell them they have to fight someone elses war……..GOD watch over our military!
i hope each and every one in the white house beginning with obama choke on thier fancy meals and fat pay checks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 31, 2011 at 2:34 am
(9) naxxie says:

Obama has nothing to do with this shutdown. The president does not control congress. It’s congress who are at fault for this. The republicans have the majority in congress. They’re the ones stopping progress and saying NO to everything proposed by the Independents and the Democrats. The republicans say YES to their ideas, and many Dems support them, and vote with them. ( this you can check out for yourself at any .gov website.. you can see who is or is not voting for what) but they refuse to vote for any Dem proposals. I personally feel that the troops above all else, SHOULD be paid, even if there is a govt shut down.. also ALL elderly social security should be paid. This of course is my opinion.. which means nothing to them. The GOP is too busy trying to repeal the healthcare law to worry about ‘little things’ such as troops getting paid. They need to get their priorities straight.

April 3, 2011 at 4:44 am
(10) Jeff says:

You are what would be called retarted. The Dems control the senate and the GOP controls the house. Get your facts straight.

April 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm
(11) zac says:

Whether the wealthy people who are responsible for agreeing on the budget receive their paychecks for the work they do as politicians is immaterial to them. I am fairly certain that NONE of them rely on their salary as congressmen and senators as their sole or even primary source of income. Certainly none of them live paycheck to paycheck as the majority of the military and citizens of this country do. So they don’t get paid, so what? It won’t affect them. It is simply another maneuver to gain political capital and garner support from the sheep who believe they care about anyone but themselves. Republicans? Democrats? Whats the difference? I have proudly served this country for 10 years and intend to stay in the service until retirement. Even so, i believe our two-party system is broken and our elected officials are so insulated from the rest of the country they can’t possibly understand the damage they are doing right now. God bless the USA!!! (we certainly need it)

March 23, 2011 at 10:00 am
(12) Monica Peña says:

I am amazed at the audacity of our government. It is bad enough that our military men and women get paid close to nothing, many of whom have come home with missing limbs, and mentally scarred, are having to practically beg to get their disability benefits, appropriate medical treatment, and let’s not even talk about how many homeless veteran’s we have in our country right now! NOW you are telling them that they may not get paid!?! Why not put more on our Soldier’s plate to worry about like how they are going to pay their mortgages, (that is if certain banks haven’t already defrauded them and evicted them out of their home) put food on the table for their families, while they are dodging IED’s..our POLITICIANS have no SHAME!!!OUR TROOPS have left their everything behind to serve this country, whether the reasons were legit or not do not count anymore (and that is another cross our polititcians must bear)the fact is that they stepped up and did their duty some more than once…some never came home, many are still there, as Americans we need to stand behind them and let the politicians know that we are not going to let them treat our AMERICAN TROOPS like welfare recipients!!!!!!!!! Sincerely yours MONICA PENA, KINGSVILLE TEXAS

April 8, 2011 at 11:52 am
(13) robbirabbit says:

Actually worse than welfare recipients because no worries, they will receive their welfare pay at least through September….

March 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(14) SoldierWife says:

This is beyond words… I don’t understand how something like this can be allowed to happen! My DH said he’ll go to Duty, BUT will NOT actually DO anything… this way, he can’t be considered AWOL. He’s an NCO and holds his obligations high, and won’t let his Soldiers down by not showing up.

I’ve been contacting the Utilities people explaining what ‘might’ happen to see what we’re looking at if it does happen… some are being fine, while a couple others are being total @$$ about it! I was told to contact certain Organizations for ‘help’ but we have no kids at home… so we don’t qualify for help…. AND we’re MILITARY, so most won’t help ‘because we have resources on Base to help’… yeah, like that’ll work because EVERYONE here in Military will be going for help!

I’d love to see the ‘Powers that Be’ live on what we in the Military live on just for one month! They couldn’t do it, I’d bet money on it… oh wait, WHAT money if we don’t get paid!?

I’m waiting for 2012 and for a change that I KNOW I can BELIEVE IN!

March 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm
(15) Rp says:

What’s the point of people joining the military for money because they can’t go to college or find a good paying job to live off of to pay the bills?! The government needs to shape up! People are fighting for america and their own lives and they can’t even pay them. That’s messed up!

March 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm
(16) eric says:

Well considering that if the goverment won’t pay us troops that means they have breached our contracts and we wouldn’t be obligated to come to work. I’m not gonna work and put my life on the line for my gov if they wanna treat us like shit its bad enough that they barely think much of us. And to pull this crap just tottally blows my mind.

March 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm
(17) gintersk says:

So question would it be a breach of contract if the government would stop our pay?

May 2, 2011 at 6:30 am
(18) Scorched says:

Technically no, When you join the U.S. Military you become Government property for the duration of your enlistment. While I was proud too serve, and most others are as well, when you join the U.S. Military you are entering into a voluntary indentured servitude (a.k.a. slavery). Just ask anyone who has been (or has been threatened with being) court Martialed for getting a severe sunburn which could interfere with duty. (exact term used in court martial is “Damaging Government Property”)

March 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm
(19) Rodney says:

This is crap, we work are tails off, put our lives on the line especially us infantry guys, and these fat losers in congress can’t get money right so they cut our pay and expect us to work and keep training for war, to go and protect a group of people who can’t take care up us. They are not tge ones going over seas, they are sitting in a comfortable office, going home to there families every night. It’s just crazy and I am losing faith in how our country is ran. These NFL players are complaining because they will make 1 million a year and not 5-12 million, but yet you have real soldiers like myself putting there lives on the line for change. Football is not worth a life and we should get paid slot better. But congress don’t care just like they don’t care about giving us and our families money.

March 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(20) Marine says:

Im sick of all the service men and women bickering about this topic. Yea it does suck, but your acting like this is your first time being let down. Suck it up. I will kill any foreign or domestic enemy who is willing to harm this country for FREE any day!!

March 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(21) ken says:

So would I, however it is absolutely WRONG for our government to force us to work for no pay. That is called slave labor and I, for one, will not be a slave. Yeah, yeah, yeah, melodramatic drama queen, blah blah blah. The simple fact of the matter is i have spent 16 years in my beloved Corps of Marines, i couldn’t picture myself doing anything else, but i have to pay the bills. Handing my morgtage holder an IOU that says i will pay when my uncle pays me is just not gonna cut it.

April 5, 2011 at 11:29 am
(22) Navy Flyer says:

While I agree that we swore an oath that says nothing about getting paid and I will continue to support and defend the Constitution, service members need to get paid otherwise we are conscripts and that never works out. What happens when you can’t pay your bills and you start getting collection notices? Will your CO take you to Office Hours and charge you with NJP? Will you get busted down a rank? How will you feel then?

April 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(23) Marine says:

A PFC has enough leadership, judgement and justice to make that call. Reducing pay for a service member for getting collection notices when its out of his control? Lets get real! Besides, what about the Navy Relief program? There are plenty of programs for us.

April 9, 2011 at 12:26 am
(24) 0311 says:

I’m an 11 with combat action and I think your an idiot. The taliban pay there troops to kill us and there a third world terrorist organization. there is no excuse not to pay us to kill our even though most of us would do it for free IF we HAD to. As long as taxes are paid so should troops. Your push over attitude is what makes scumbag politicians get away with this crap.

March 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(25) Marine says:

Well if it does happen and, active military gets shafted, there is always the soldiers and sailors relief act. I dont think anything will happen to our active service members. I believe its going to affect the cilivans contractors. Im pretty sure its in the constitution that the military WILL be paid. However, it does not say they can stop our payments and give us back pay. Everything will be fine and work out in the end. That’s one great thing about serving this nation. They do have our backs!! Believe it or no.

April 8, 2011 at 7:23 am
(26) Crew Chief says:


I would have said the same thing last week. Well, looks like we’re wrong. My LES has a debt for well over a thousand dollars. They are telling us we may not get paid anything after that, for a time unknown. I am in complete disbelief! I am currently serving in iraq with many others. To think I officially started working for free today. Uhhgggg!!!! I know military pay has a talent at messing our pay up, but to have our goverment stop payment all together…….I can’t even really talk about this I’m getting so pissed!

March 29, 2011 at 3:33 am
(27) Army Soldier says:

There is something definitely wrong with government and state when stopping military pay is the way to budget. Are we not fighting for our country? If people really did the math of how much we get paid an hour, then they would know that not paying the military wont make as much of a difference as cutting other costs that are irrelevant. Let’s start with some of the personnel on Capital Hill that on politically speak and sit. America where is the heart for those who support and defend the enemies of the United States of America both foreign and domestic?

March 29, 2011 at 6:44 am
(28) Marine says:

Cutting budgets on Capital Hill is not going to make any difference either. When it boils down to it WE THE PEOPLE voted them in. I guess its safe to say HALF the country voted them in. Having something to do with every negative aspect in the world is really draining our funds. Did we get any help or funds for Pear Harbor, 9-11, Katrina? Nope just the typical green weenie. Honestly they should raise taxes and make the generation that made this mess fix it. Not Our childrens children.

April 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm
(29) bohawk44 says:

marine, ur a douche bag! keep sticking your head in the sand and pretend that all of this will go away. Your a brainwashed moron, do you actually know why we are fighting over seas? I do not. so if theres even a vague notion and not clear cut…..then its bull$&!#. The only reason why I and we are still eating IEDs is because we are in their back yard. would’nt you do the same if they were in your home town? the money problem would be settled if we pulled out and put the money they are spending to keep us there back into our country and not asscrackistan and iraq

April 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm
(30) Marine says:

Im the douche bag? You signed the line bitch! Now your complaining? Its WAR!!!!! You really dont have a clue why were over there? Its OIL!! How long has this war been going on and you still dont know this. SAD

March 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm
(31) Household 6 says:

Not paying the military is really a bad idea. It is really going to cause more stress here at home on the spouses left to run the homes and take care of the children. While we are suppose to save as much as we can not all can on the pay scales that they are at. This year congress lowered the BAH for many which left many families cutting their budgets in other areas. Our soldiers do not make all the $$ that many think they do. Yes we do have many benifits but there are many negitive things that come along with it. As spouses you learn to bite your tounge and smile.. When there is too much stress at home during a deployment we can only handle so much then we as spouses end up blowing up on our husband/wife. If there is no pay you can bet this will happen. Does congress really want these soldiers dealing with the stress of the bills not being paid no food for the kids? What is that saying?? A distracted soldier is a dead soldier? Thank You Congress they are already distracted..

March 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(32) RJ says:

Congress is only obligated to maintain a Navy according to the Constitution and is only supposed to supply an Army when We need one. There is no mention in the Constitution of an Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. The idea of not getting paid really does stink, but you need to read the Constitution and understand what our government is obligated to do and provide. Things do have a way of working out in the end, but it might hurt for a while and at least we are receiving some warning that this could happen. I would also say hold your complaints until it actually happens and try to start saving now in the event this happens again in the future. This isn’t the first time there has been a budget crisis and it won’t be the last, everyone needs to prepare themselves as individuals and families for these kinds of events. It doesn’t do any good to complain and our energies would best be put to use by trying to figure out ways to help each other as brothers and sisters in arms until this is resolved.

March 31, 2011 at 12:44 am
(33) Marine0311 says:

i dont know wats goin on but i do know that my pay check was pending in my account for a day and now its gone and i have no money

March 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm
(34) Marine Mom says:

If the Military does not get paid, they also better not get paid. We need to vote them ALL out of office. There is not way we should expect our troops to go get shot at for $0.00. That is just totally INSANE.

March 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm
(35) Marine says:

I have already received information from my Major about this issue. He told us our Colonel just got back from the Pentagon where they coverd the pay rumor. As of now, everybody will be getting a pay check up to April 15. Waiting for further word. RJ has his head on his sholders. Also RJ, the Marines are the department of the Navy wich is covered in the Constitution. Start saveing here and there and prepare for the worst. Our troops will kill for free! Its what we do. At least the Marines! Again, It will all work out in the end. Dont blame Congress, DEM, REP, or the President. Were the people who screwed all this up thinking we can put everything on credit, buying houses when you cant afford it, ext. Point your finger at yourself and ask how much money you owe? If it were up to me, I would raise taxes and make everybody pay for our mistakes not our children. Man the hell up and be responsible!

April 5, 2011 at 11:36 am
(36) Navy Flyer says:

Oh, there’s plenty to blame on the politicians. Do I need to point out all the ridiculous waste these numbskulls perform? At the end of the day, if the average Joe Citizen can’t pay their bills, they lose their trash. This is not the case for our elected officials who feel they don’t work for us!

April 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm
(37) RetiredAF1 says:

And that’s why you won’t ever hold office……anywhere at anytime ever.

April 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm
(38) Marine says:

Why is that? becaus the truth hurts? Or is it Because Im willing to be responsible for what others done? I dont owe any money, other than my house morgage. IM 25 years old, married, no kids, with a house, two new vehicles, a boat, and putting my wife through college. Again I owe nothing!!! Maybe its because I make good sound decisions.

April 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(39) pdiddleysquat says:

I remember the last time the government shut down while I was on active duty. It was very chaotic and extremely difficult for all of us on the base to make ends meet. I recall having to beg lien holders for our home and car to be merciful to us during that time, and the reaction was no relief. Delinquencies resulted and bankruptcy followed soon after, at least for my young family. Yep, active duty give all but do not make as much as is thought, especially the young troops who have young children and are paying childcare plus other cost of living expenses. It’s cruel and inhumane to cut anyone’s money…the loss of jobs resulting from the recession, robbery from the ponzi schemes, overpriced or unavailable health insurance and soaring gas and insurance prices make the entire population victim of our government’s (and private financial industry’s) haphazard and devastating decisions or the lack thereof.

April 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm
(40) H says:

That sounds awful, I know many many military families that cannot and will not be able to pay bills either if this thing goes down. Its sickening really

April 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(41) Danger Dante says:

It’s Breach of Contract pure and simple. Us reserve guys aren’t getting paid RMA or ATA money now. The UA can’t even punch in RMAs or ATAs because there’s no money in the system to pay it. Our CG told us to prepare for not getting apid for drill!


April 5, 2011 at 10:23 am
(42) USMCwifee says:

it frustrates me that no one can tell us if the troops are going to get paid or not and when this is all supposed to happen. i have a household to run while my hubby is in libya. im a stay at home mom and we barely have the money for everyday needs. its hard enough trying to live alone, now i have to worry about being broke? ugh. im annoyed with all of this.

April 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm
(43) MOAC says:

Your husbands in Libya o_O? I thought we werent sending ground forces!

April 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm
(44) htownAT says:

Everyone calm down. The military will not be affected by the shut down. We will get paid. When it shut down in 1995 the military still got paid. RELAX!! :)

April 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm
(45) Nancy says:

We will eventually be paid…but that won’t help our young enlisted folks, who don’t have enough time in service to have been able to save up enough in an emergency fund to ride out the zero paychecks. As it stands now, we will be paid retroactively once a defense authorization bill is passed (as part of the budget package). If Congress passes a separate bill authorizing paychecks for active duty military before Friday night, we will be paid on time.

I’ve been a military spouse for 25 years and I am feeling so very frustrated right now. I have friends who won’t be able to pay the rent on 1 May if the shutdown goes through, others who won’t be able to meet child support obligations (and the courts will not be sympathetic, I am sure) and still others who are wondering how they’ll buy groceries and make car payments.

My suggestion would be to email your senators and representatives right away – before Friday – to urge them to authorize continued pay for active duty. Bombarding Congresspeople with emails will at least show them that we know their names…and we’ll remember them on Election Day 2012.

April 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm
(46) mhwells1 says:

I see a lot of people saying that people in the military should save for such an occassion. However, for some that is just not possible right now. There are military members with kids and bills that make just enough to make ends meet. How could one save with this pay? How about the ones that joined later in life with established bills and the responsibility to budget carefully because he/she only gets paid E-3 or E-4 pay. This whole idea of saving for a rainy day is just not possible in these types of situations. The reality of this is that most people need their paychecks regardless of what anyone else thinks or doesn’t think. Unless you’ve been in these shoes, think before speaking.

April 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm
(47) Shannon says:

Yes. It’s irresponsible of our congress people. However, the military service members will be paid. It might be delayed but they will receive pay for their time. In addition, we still have access to medical coverage and other benefits. There are military relief societies funded by donations, that can provide vouchers for gas, food, diapers, and other essentials. There are also laws in place that would prevent eviction or shutting off of utilities. Most shutdowns only last 2-8 days. The longest was 21 days. To say that military service members will stop caring about their job because pay COULD be delayed is sad. The military is not in breech of contract by delaying pay for a period of less than 90 days. Nobody is going to starve or suffer as a result of the shutdown.

By the way, I should add that my husband is a combat Marine currently on deployment.

April 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm
(48) Shannon says:

Any military service member that is “scraping by” has bigger problems than this shutdown. Military pay is very fair. It does not allow for an E-3 to provide a lavish life for a family of 4 but how many 20-22 yr olds can afford that anyway???

Nobody is going to go into bankruptcy over this shut down unless they already had problems managing money and paying bills.

I am saddened and disgusted that so many military families blame their financial problems on the military. I’m a SAHM and my husband is active duty. I can guarantee it’s no fault of the military. Despite those issues, I know my creditors are willing to work with me because I’ve never paid anything late except my mortgage (which is in strategic default).

April 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(49) Annakenn says:

Shannon, you should keep your nose out of this issue. I was a SAHM with an AD husband and now I am AD with a SAHD. Although we have no financial issues, enlisted military pay does not provide an easy way of life. The average 20-22 year old does not hold the same responsibilities of a 20-22 year old AD member. The average 20-22 year old does not hold a fulltime job, let alone have a family to support. Even an E-3 without dependents who manages finances well would more than struggle if paychecks were withheld for up to 90 days. You need to take a hard look at an enlisted paychart and compare it with the average cost of car payment, rent, utilities, and groceries/toiletries per month even for a single person. Holding pay would affect AD members regardless of good-standing finances. If you can’t comprehend basic math please refrain from further breeding. Just looking out for you.

With love,
A Junior Enlisted AD member

April 8, 2011 at 9:44 am
(50) Marie says:

Actually Shannon unless you know everyones situation you shouldn’t make general statements like this. We have a child with a critical medical condition and yes we do scrape by. With all the running back and forth between one base and another for her medical treatments it gets tough as it would for anyone. Sure the medical part is free but we have to pay for everything such as hotel and meals then submit the receipts in order to recover the money. I don’t complain because we do get it back eventually but with a possible government shut down I can’t say that I’m not a bit scared. There are many good people that are in the same boat as I am. I am not blaming the military for my financial problems. On the other hand, a government shut down is really going to hurt because not only will the medical tdy take forever but then we won’t have the money to buy groceries or for our bills.

All I am saying is that there are many reasons why a family may have financial problems and it may have nothing to do with overspending or living above their means. Such a general statement as what I read above though does feel like a smack in the face for those of us that do have circumstances that are beyond our control. I am glad to hear that you are secure enough in your finances that you can lash out at those that aren’t without even a thought to why they may be having troubles. I watch children for other soldiers in order to make up the money so that I don’t go into default on anything plus I go to school full time and home school my own children because of my childs medical condition. Mind you, I’m not complaining but I’m a bit stuck because IF the government withholds pay not only will we be out our regular pay but also I won’t get paid for the childcare. So since you seem to have all the answers maybe you would like to figure it all out for me! I would be open to suggestions….

April 8, 2011 at 8:11 am
(51) Cheryl says:

I am a Marine wife. My husband and I have four children. I understand all about budgets because we live on one. When the 15th comes and my husband gets half of a paycheck, should I cut out our $300 grocery bill or our $250 babysitting expense? Should we attempt to not pay our rent? That would not go over well. Can I expect to still have a place to live or a babysitter to watch our children if I do not pay them? I work as a school nurse M-F. I only get paid once a month. How are we suposed to take care of our family if we do not get paid for the job that my husband does every day?

April 8, 2011 at 9:55 am
(52) mary says:

If you don’t support our countrys decision to be in war over there that’s one thing but don’t blame the troops! They made a commitment to the military and our country to serve and protect us and where they are sent they must go. That’s what a committment is… So to think they don’t deserve to be paid for doing EXACTLY what their job requires is stupiddd. You are an ignorant cruel person if you don’t support our troops because if we ever were ambushed and needed there protection here wouldn’t you want it? Remember 9/11 does that give you an idea of why were in iraq. Were helping out overseas they don’t want us to leave if we do they’ll collapse they’ll go right back to where they were before. Yeah go ahead and be ignorant and rant and rave about how we should practice isolationsim.. Like that wouldn’t just land us in possibly WW3

April 8, 2011 at 10:10 am
(53) karen says:

No one cares

April 8, 2011 at 11:53 am
(54) Steve says:

I just want to let anyone who’s interested know about the SCRA (Service-members Civil Relief Act) government program. I work with Chase mortgages in the military dept and congress passed this act to protect the home loans of our active duty members. Protections that are implemented upon enrollment are: no service or payment fees (i.e. late charges, fastpay fees) can be assessed to the account, no negative credit reporting, foreclosure and eviction protection, and a temporary interest rate reduction (6% cap). Chase policy is to lower that cap to 4% for those who are qualified for SCRA protection. This is a CONGRESS mandated law which must be upheld by ALL US banks. Please contact your home loan servicer to inquire about this program. All you have to do is send in your military orders/dd214 to your loan servicer to see if you are qualified.
So to clarify:
If for some reason pay checks are NOT issued, and you ARE protected under SCRA, it will not affect you in the long run. It wont affect your credit and you won’t have to pay any late fees.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call and check with you home loan provider to inquire!

April 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm
(55) ARMY says:

tell congress to carry the guns and fight their own war…

April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm
(56) taylor says:

Amen! Wonder if they’d all be willing to take a pay cut … Doubt it

April 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm
(57) ldb13 says:

All military will eventually get paid. If there is a delay oh well. If you have not learned your lesson over the last several years to build an emegency fund then you have failed your family not the government. Drink a couple fewer beers and smoke less and put $20 a week in savings and it will build up quickly. If you will go totally broke from missing one pay check then you have financial problems that you created. If you have 1, 2, 3, 4 or more children that was your choice. If you could not afford them then who’s fault would that be?

April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(58) Deployed says:

Every one of you is missing the point. All other governmental employees can just walk away whenever they want. Well I am currently deployed, which adds an additional factor. I joined the army for several reasons, one of which being supporting my family. So not only does my current LES already say that I am to receive half a paycheck on the 15th, I also can’t go home tonight and see my wife and 3 kids. And what is this over??? PLANNED PARENTHOOD and NPR!!! A set of liberal-social programs that never should be funded by the federal government anyways! The liberal dems may just get what they have coming to him over this issue. And all of the previous shutdowns are different than this one in that our federal government was never in this bad of shape. Not only do we have the weakest leader, we also are fiscally unsustainable at the moment. Pair that with the fact that we are on the verge of a social revolution and we may not see a fix to this any time soon. I hope I am wrong though.

April 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm
(59) Marine says:

I never said this issue will just go away. All Im saying is keep your head up. Have faith in your leaders, even if you didnt vote for them. Expecially the military fighting as we blog. Keeping a positive mental attitude, I guess in a way it should “blind” you from all the media, so you can peform your duties which is more important. The second you let your guard down somebody or yourself is dead. Americans will go through hard times! We always find our way because we are supporters.

April 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm
(60) Bill says:

Thanks George Bush for getting us into a war that has cost us 400 billion and jobs at home and completly ruined our country

April 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm
(61) ldb13 says:

Such an idiot BIll. When is something that goes wrong going to be Obama’s fault. Sooner or later liberal idiots will have to accept responsibility for there decisions. By the way Obama could ensure Soldiers get paid with one signature. Your hero Clinton did it in the mid 90s.

April 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(62) Ingrid Payne says:

It is viscerally repulsive that we are considering withholding our troops’ (and their families) paychecks because of congressional political tactics. It is modern day cannibalism. Disgusting and shameful!

April 8, 2011 at 6:21 pm
(63) just another marine wife says:

so if the shut down happens and a troop was killed in the time it was shut down they will not receive the death ben yeah thats just not right and if its shut down how and when are these troops going to get home if the gov shuts down …… stop pointing fingers find a fix and as far a the womens fund ….. and abortions in most situations if u keep ur legs closed u wont get std and need to be tested or have to worry about being prego yes we do need that because some women have dif sitations i get that but the state gov is just as bad as fed we need to rebuild it all and not let it happen again

April 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm
(64) ragehavoc says:

put down your arms and walk away, if the government is not protecting your families stop protecting them!

April 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(65) Vanessa says:

How about those dumb ass senators and you Mr. President take a pay cut. As much as they get paid, if they were to cut “their” budget, nobody else would be affected. Really, all this waisted money floating around in this country: lottery, salaries of celebrities and athletes…etc. really and you’re gonna cut our soldiers check? Make those overpaid, talent-less hollywood bimbos couch up some of their checks. WTH? I’m pissed……

April 10, 2011 at 12:20 am
(66) Charles says:

During my whole time in the Service (15 shutdowns), there was never a Government Shutdown that effected me or my family. Matter of fact, I can not remember any time that I was never “not” paid on time.

Just for your information, from 1977 – 1996 there has been 17 Government Shutdowns.

1. 12 of those shutdowns were under Republican Presidents.

2. 05 of those shutdowns were under Democratic Presidents.

To sum things up, I don’t defend any political party and at all times I attempt to be neutral unless I see lies that are posted. I am anti lies and pro truth.

Should there be any mistakes in my calculations, just let me know and I will make the needed changes.

April 10, 2011 at 12:25 am
(67) Charles says:

I think everyone is just guessing as to what is going to happen. It is the President that decides just what is going to happen it there is a shutdown, and I have yet to see a list from anyone.

If a shutdown occurs, what would stay open and who would have to work?

We won’t know for certain until it happens.

Federal agencies are drafting contingency plans to determine which functions would continue and who would keep working. But the Office of Management and Budget has ordered agencies not to publicly disclose details, frustrating many federal employees and federal worker union leaders who say the silence is causing confusion in the ranks.

If contingency plans are used, the agency would designate some personnel “essential” (or “emergency” and “excepted,” as OMB officially calls them) and others “non-essential” (or “non-excepted”).

According to the government’s official guidance on shutdown planning, agencies should continue any functions providing for national security, critical foreign relations and the safety of life and property.

In other words, global U.S. military operations would continue, air-traffic controllers would watch the skies and Transportation Security Administration officers would still screen air passengers. Veterans Affairs doctors and nurses would report for duty, as would U.S. Border Patrol agents, federal prison guards, any Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel needed for disaster assistance and security guards protecting federal facilities.

With the growth of government contracting and the wider use of technology, however, an untold number of contractors providing information-technology support and other services might also be instructed to stay on the job.

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January 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm
(68) Anthony says:

Football players get paid millions of dollars to play a game and are troops may not be paid for risking their life’s ! I am enlisting in the army to serve but hearing about this budget crisis makes me not want to join.

June 4, 2013 at 11:48 am
(69) kerry says:

I sead this would happen a few years ago I saw it comeing
so why dident our uncle sam see it
they saw it. the question is
why did they wait to the last minut when its to late
to think of a way to avoid it

October 14, 2013 at 11:24 am
(70) ghost says:


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