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8000 Members of Washington Nation Guard Lose Drill Pay

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TACOMA, Wash.  - The Washington state Military Department says the 8,000 members of the Washington National Guard won't get their monthly drill pay because of the government shutdown. 

The Department says about 6,000 citizen soldiers in the Washington Army National Guard, and another 2,000 in the Air National Guard are staying home this weekend.  

The drills had been scheduled at various locations around the state.  

The Washington National Guard has furloughed about 850 civilian employees because of the federal government's current shutdown.

Drill Pay is part of the total compensation available to National Guard and Reserve soldiers performing drilling and other training duties. A drill period is defined as four hours. Drill Pay for a National Guard or Reserve Soldier depends on the Soldier's length of service and Army rank; most enlisted Soldiers enter the Army as a Private. Regular Army active duty soldiers do not receive drill pay, but are compensated on a monthly basis with Basic Pay.

Since the government has not reached an agreement, tuition assistance for classes starting on or after October 1st are suspended until further notice. All soldier accounts in GoArmyEd are on hold.