Manpower is exempt from sequestration cuts to the Defense Department‘s budget, but the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday the military’s readiness is in jeopardy if the sequester kicks in.
American Forces Press Service reports Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told an audience from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Fifth Fleet what the sequester could mean for them if the cuts take effect in January.
Operations, maintenance, training and infrastructure accounts will take a large portion of the cuts, Dempsey said
Dempsey said maintenance periods would be stretched and pilots would have fewer flying hours before deployment among other effects, according to the story by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr..