The Missouri National Guard, like most federal agencies, spent yesterday figuring out which employees are considered essential, and which ones are not. Major Tammy Spicer says it's important that people know the Guard is still at the ready in case they are called to duty.
"The Missouri National Guard has approximately 1,400 federal technician employees. We're determining a percentage of that number to be non-essential."
Those sent home today have been placed on unpaid furlough. The military will request back-pay for those employees once government appropriations are restored. You don't need to worry about the case of a disaster, though:
"In any scenario, the National Guard is still available for emergency duties, if needed. That's one thing I know some people have been particularly concerned with."