National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel told a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday that the service will have to reduce training and possibly cancel weekend drills unless the roughly $193 million in training accounts is replenished amid the southern border mission, Stars and Stripes reported.
“If we don’t reprogram funds back into our training accounts, (we) will have to make modifications within our current appropriations that will either reduce our training opportunities or do things like cancel drill weekends to find the money,” Lengyel testified.
There are currently 2,079 Guard members on the border.
“Canceling drill weekends will impact readiness,” Lengyel said. “I will tell you that our hope is that the department finds funds available inside the department that are re-allocatable so that we don’t have to do that.”
Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez