More than 650,000 civilian workers in the Defense Department will be taking their first of 11 furlough days this week.

The Pentagon’s 11 weeks of furloughs kick in on Monday, which result in a 20-percent-weekly pay cut through September for 680,000 of the Pentagon’s roughly 800,000 civilian employees.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in May that the Pentagon would mandate the furloughs as part of its $37 billion in automatic budget cuts under sequestration. The unpaid days off are expected to save roughly $1.8 billion.

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