US military braces for full effect of shutdown
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government shutdown had no drastic effect on the military on Tuesday but if it remains in place everything from ship repairs to combat training will be disrupted, officials say.
With about half the Pentagon's 800,000 civilian employees placed on unpaid leave, defence officials said the military will soon face a headache trying to make do with less civilian manpower under the shutdown.
"There's going to be an impact, but it will take some time to feel the effect," said a senior military officer.
The furloughs mean that "real work doesn't get done," said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.