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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Some classes at West Point are now feeling the effects of the government shutdown. They're being forced to combine or cancel classes all together while military faculty members are being forced to fill in for civilian instructors who have been furloughed.
According to U.S. Military Academy officials, more than 1,400 civilian employees have been furloughed, including 132 faculty members.
Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Webster Wright says the furloughs are challenging West Point's ability to provide a top-level education to cadets. Military instructors are being asked to prepare for subject matter they don't normally teach.
Wright says the situation is not sustainable long term.