as i understand it the gov. decides who is essential and who isn't, and in this case has apparently decided military is non-essential. during the shutdowns of bush I and clinton, i believe the military was considered essential and paid as they should be.
perhaps many of our soldiers will start to question uncle sam once the blood money stops trickling down, and stay on the peoples side when the hammer falls.
like someone said earlier, if you are trying to establish martial law, not paying your troops would not boost morale.
delay another week if they want. the cards are coming down, not by accident for one moment.