HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- The U.S. military is warning its workers furloughs are coming as the Pentagon deals with budget cuts.
Tuesday afternoon, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sent out a memo to the Defense Department's civilian employees.
It will be considerably less painful than they have warned, but it will still be a tough blow, essentially a pay cut for hundreds of thousands of workers.
Hagel said the Defense Department will furlough most of its civilian workers by up to 11 days between now and the end of the current fiscal year this fall.
This is part of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, which are coming into effect because congressional negotiators could not make a deal to trim the federal budget deficit.
Huntsville defense contractors who have been struggling to deal with, and plan for, sequester cuts say they are a dangerous and irresponsible way to work the country's books.