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Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 4:30 am

The ongoing government shutdown led to Armywide orders Friday suspending all permanent changes of duty stations and temporary duty assignments.

The order affects all soldiers, independent of rank. It halts any permanent changes of duty station for which a soldier has not yet left.

Fort Hood officials urged soldiers to check with their administrative offices to determine if the order will affect any pending change in station.

“What it comes down to, is every case is going to be different,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Green, a III Corps spokesman. “There is no ‘one size fits all.’”

Fort Hood officials were unable to determine how many soldiers the order will affect locally, stating ongoing furloughs are affecting their ability to pull data in a timely manner.

For the post, it is just another manifestation of the federal government shutdown created when Congress was unable to pass a budget Monday.

Fort Hood officials said any soldiers who already arrived at their next stations will not be forced to return to their former stations.

Exceptions also may be made for certain temporary duty assignments. A process has been put in place to determine which assignments will take priority; however, post officials were unable to elaborate Friday.

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