Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed the Senate Armed Services
Committee that if Congress fails to end budget sequestration, DoD could
be forced freeze military promotions, suspend recruiting and put a hold
on all PCS orders.
According to Tom Philpott’s Military Update,
Hagel said, “[DoD] would seek to minimize cuts in the day-to-day
operating costs most closely related to training and readiness.” It
would keep in place a hiring freeze on civilian employees and continue
to reduce facilities maintenance. That would mean more understaffing of
units and offices, and some employees working in “substandard
When sequestration kicked in this year, cuts to
military personnel accounts were avoided. However, if sequestration
moves forward as expected, promotions, PCS moves, recruiting, and
reenlistment bonuses etc. will not be shielded from the $52 billion cuts
in defense spending slated for October.