The Department of Defense (DOD) will not be furloughing their civilian workforce until the end of April due to prior written notification requirements to each effected employee. Within the total DOD civilian population there is a category of employees where furloughing may be in question. Those individuals are called Military Reserve Technicians, employed almost exclusively by the Departments of the Air Force and the Army and the National Guard.
The overarching category is called Reserve Technicians which is comprised of both Civilian Technicians and Military Technicians. Both groups of technicians are employed as civil servants and paid from their departments’ operation and maintenance funds like all other civilians within the DOD.
The difference between Military Reserve Technicians and all the other civilian employees is that these personnel have jobs which are predicated and mandated by the employees having military membership as a prerequisite for employment.
Their civilian jobs would not exist without the necessary military skills and qualifications contained in their positions. These employees are hired as civil servants but must wear their military uniform to work.
Civilian Technicians are a group of Defense employees uniquely hired by the National Guard, both in the Army Guard and the Air Force Guard. These individuals are pure civilian personnel employed without any military membership requirement.
They, like all the civilians within the DOD, will be subject to the same furlough requirements of absorbing 22 days of non paid leave between the end of April through September 30th, the end of the current fiscal year.
National Guard Civilian Technicians are hired under Title 32 authority within the 54 states, territories and DC and are managed at that level.
Military Reserve Technicians, depending on their military department affiliation, can be employed at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland, Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, or at any National Guard headquarters organization in a state.
The leaders of the uniformed services are seeking furlough exemptions for the Military Reserve Technicians based on the military aspects in their civil service positions. If the requests for furlough exemptions are denied, the Military Reserve Technicians will be included in the current requirement for 22 days of non paid leave scheduled for the entire DOD civilian workforce.