This is what many government civilians working for the Army are facing due to the current fiscal budget mess the nation faces:
The Army is allowing only limited exceptions to its hiring freeze now underway, while few current employees would escape unpaid furloughs if sequestration hits.
The military services recently announced an immediate hiring freeze and outlined the potential for furloughs and other steps that might be needed if they must absorb automatic cuts of up to around 10 percent in many of their programs starting in early March. The Army is one of the government’s largest employers of federal workers, with about 280,000 civilian employees.
In a memo dated Tuesday, the Army manpower office said that no new “tentative or firm job offers of civilian employment will be extended after the date of this memorandum. Firm job offers extended prior to the date of this memorandum will be honored provided that the individual’s entry-on-duty date was established for a date certain.” [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link but basically the Army is not hiring civilians for the time being and those who are currently employed are going to be faced with weekly furloughs. This all reminds me of the Furlough Fridays the state of Hawaii once had to implement to deal with their state budget issues.