Originally Posted by cakmakli
Wow. I can't ever remember not getting paid.
The closest thing that I remember to this was when they went from paying on the last day of the month to the 1st. In that case we went one day without pay. The reason they gave for doing it was that it saved the government a bunch of money.
I forgot about that one until this...like a walk down memory lane.
Originally Posted by Carlo
When I was in the Army stationed in Germany this happened to me....like 20 years ago now. Yep, soldiers were ordered to report to duty even without pay...and guess what you had better dam well do it or your going to jail.
Heck, I was assigned to work at the commissary. What the fuck did I know about groceries, nothing. But, about 10 guys from the MP company I was assigned to were ordered to go. I guess they trusted us with the food more than the tankers or grunts. We corporals decided that we should get some kind of pay for our efforts...quickly commandeered a few cartons of smokes and sodas for our troops. We fucked off in the back of the stock room smoking and joking all week. The E8 in charge of our detail was pissed that he had to be there too. He spent alot of time keeping himself busy at his quarters and left us alone. Dudes, it can happen and it will pass.
So how long did it last? And did it have something to do with essential/non-essential? Did you actually go so long that you missed a payday? Or was it more of a no funding to operate equipment?
I'm just asking because I think you might be talking about the same period of time in 1985 that I wrote about earlier, but I don't remember us doing anything differently or not getting paid. Just wondering if it had varying effects across the DoD?
Most importantly though, your closing statement is right on the money!
Don't everyone start panicking over this; the idiots in Washington will sort it out and push through a budget. Don't let the media hype get you anxious.