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Published July 11, 2013, 04:04 PM

600 guard soldiers face pay cut

600 National Guard soldiers will be forced to take a pay cut this summer, including about 80 at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

600 National Guard soldiers will be forced to take a pay cut this summer, including about 80 at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake.

The move is designed to save money as part of the federal budget sequestration after congress failed to pass a federal budget. The soldiers affected will basically be taking one day off each week without pay for the next eleven weeks, a move that will save the North Dakota National Guard 1.2 million dollars.

The vast majority of soldiers affected at Camp Grafton are mechanics. More than one third of the soldiers stationed at the camp are taking the furlough. The training center manager says the reduced manpower will have an effect on maintenance times and the level of support technicians can offer visiting guard units. Soldiers say it'll be a challenge losing 20 percent of their paychecks for nearly three months, but they're doing what they can to soften the blow.

Soldiers we talked to say they view the sacrifice as helping their country in a time of need. There is a chance that sacrifice may be reduced. Camp Grafton officials say there are discussions to reduce the furlough from eleven weeks, but there are no guarantees.

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