Majority of AL National Guard training rescheduled amid budget shortfalls

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Training for tens of thousands of Army National Guard soldiers, including in Alabama, will be canceled or rescheduled this month as the reserve hits a $101 million shortfall this year.

The shortfall is affecting the Alabama Army National Guard and they are working with the National Guard Bureau on the budget shortfall.

To help, Alabama is working to give back $2.5 million to the National Guard.

"We do have mechanisms in place to make sure that units are able to absorb some of the training that they need to do," said Public Affairs Chief Dennis Butters. "We have contingencies in place for units to address that if they have specific training needs they have not been able to accomplish."

Almost all Alabama units will have training rescheduled until Sept. 27 and 28 to give Congress and the National Guard Bureau more time to shift some money around.

Some units that already had contracts for training where they can't get their money back, are going ahead with their training. Other training is being pushed back to next fiscal year.

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