Supplemental Funds Vital for Reserves, Deployed Troops
April 3, 2007
By Jim Garamone
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 3, 2007) - Army reserve-component training and equipment reset will be immediately affected if an emergency supplemental funding request isn't signed into law by April 15, Defense Department officials said here yesterday.
Further, there will be serious repercussions for deployed servicemembers if the supplemental funding isn't approved by May 15, the officials said.
Both the Senate and House bills have passed bills to provide the funding but contain amendments that call for combat troops to be out of Iraq on a certain timetable. President George W. Bush has vowed to veto any bill containing these provisions.
Close votes on the bills in each chamber indicate that neither the House nor the Senate would be able to override a presidential veto, DOD legislative affairs officials said.
The Senate is on recess through April 9, and the House is out through April 13. House and Senate negotiators must meet to reconcile the different portions of their respective bills.
With no supplemental funds, the Army will be forced to consider curtailing and suspending home-station training for Army Reserve and National Guard units, DOD officials said. The service would slow the training of units slated to deploy next to Iraq and Afghanistan and would cut funding for the upgrade or renovation of barracks and other facilities that support quality of life for troops and their families.
Leaders also would stop the repair of equipment necessary to support pre-deployment training, officials said.
If the supplemental funding is not passed by May 15, the Army would consider reducing depot repair work. The service would delay or curtail the deployment of brigade combat teams for training rotations. This may force the service to extend units in Iraq or Afghanistan, officials said.
No supplemental funding would also delay the formation of new brigade combat teams, force the service to implement a civilian hiring freeze and prohibit new contracts and service orders officials said.
(Jim Garamone writes for American Forces Press Service.)