Shutdown update: Washington National Guard cancels all drills this weekend

Staff writerOctober 2, 2013 

All 8,000 members of the Washington National Guard are staying home this weekend because of the federal government shutdown, and they will not receive their monthly drill pay, the state Military Department announced Wednesday.

About 6,000 citizen soldiers serve in the Washington Army National Guard. Another 2,000 serve in the Air National Guard.

The drills were expected to take place at different locations around the state.

Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the military department, said Guard leaders are looking for ways to compensate troops for the lost pay once the shutdown is resolved.

“They’re going to lose out on the money for October drills, but they’ll be able to make up those days,” she said.

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