CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - A $100 million budget shortfall in the National Guard Bureau has prompted a delay of routine Guard training across the nation for September and that means drill pay for about 9,000 Guard troops in Mississippi will also be postponed.
National Guard officials said the shortfall is mainly due to fewer overseas deployments and higher numbers of National Guard troops training at home.
The Dept. of Defense is expected to ask Congress to reallocate funds to cover the cost of weekend drills for September. But, if Congress doesn't act, they could be cancelled.
The National Guard said it's committed to resolving the issue with the least impact on soldiers and their readiness.