Civilian workers for the Department of Defense will have to take six mandatory unpaid furlough days instead of 11 days, according to an Associated Press report that the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Update at 2:20 p.m. ET: Pentagon Confirms Reduced Furloughs

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Pentagon have issued a statement announcing the reduction in civilian furlough days, from 11 to six.

More than 3,000 civilian employees at Fort Campbell might not be taking as big a financial hit as originally thought, as Pentagon leaders scrimp to find up to $900 million in savings.

Defense officials tell the Associated Press that department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned.


Ft. Campbell's Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will close or limit services on Fridays in response to mandatory federal budget furloughs.

Last month, the Department of Defense announced eleven mandatory no-pay days starting July 8 until September.

A union steward affiliated with Fort Campbell says post officials’ efforts to keep civilian employees from taking their mandated furlough days consecutively in order to qualify for unemployment benefits is bullying.

Fort Campbell’s garrison commander says civilian employees will be cut to four-day work weeks starting in July, as part of a furlough program stemming from budget cuts.

Col. David Dellinger said the post’s school employees will have it differently - they will be required to take five furlough days between August and September.