In the event of sequestration, U.S. Navy civilians could face a loss 22 days of their income for Fiscal Year 2013, according to briefing slides from the service.
‚ÄúVirtually all,‚ÄĚ Navy civilians face a furlough if the automatic budget cuts go into effect beginning in late April for ‚Äúvirtually all employees,‚ÄĚ according to the slides.
Exceptions include civilians deployed to a combat areas and those needed to prevent unacceptable risk to life or property.
‚ÄúNavy civilians are essential to what we do as a Navy. You repair and maintain our ships, aircraft and combat systems; plan and manage our budgets; and design and engineer our future force,‚ÄĚ¬†wrote Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert in a Thursday blog.
‚ÄúCivilians will continue to play a critical role in those efforts, even in the face of budget uncertainty and fiscal challenges,‚ÄĚ he said.
Currently the navy employs about 186,000 civilians in 20 countries.