Due to Congress being unable to come to an agreement on a new budget by March 1, more than $47 billion will be cut from the Department of Defense before Sept. 30, 2013. So how does this affect the DoD? Let’s find out:
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel details the affects of sequestration. The video above features Chairman of the Joint Cheifs of Staff Martin Dempsey, who is committed to leading through the affects of sequestration.
All of the services will have budget cuts. Air Force active-duty, reserve and guard units will cease all aviation support to the public. This includes the cancellation of support to all air shows, tradeshows, flyovers (including funerals and military graduations), orientation flights, heritage flights, F-22 demonstration flights and open houses, unless the event includes only local static assets.
The Navy has released articles detailing the effects of sequestration including a message from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
The Army will curtail training for all units except those deploying to Afghanistan.
Marines will cut $1.4 billion from this year’s fiscal budget as well as more than $2 billion for each of the next nine years.
Additionally, here is a video with some general information regarding sequestration.
Here are a few more service-specific resources:
- Air Force budget special
- Five things sailors need to know about sequestration
- Soldiers, the Army has answers to your questions here
- A letter from the Commandant of the Marine Corps
The list is long and affects differ by service, so check your service for specific details.