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Fort Bragg cuts crossing guards to save money

Posted April 4, 2013 3:24 p.m. EDT

— Fort Bragg announced Thursday that soldiers will no longer serve as school crossing guards on the post because of budget cuts.

The public affairs office posted the message on Fort Bragg’s Facebook page, saying the move to return soldiers to their regular duties is a fiscal necessity under sequestration. The change takes effect Monday.

"We are aware that this is a controversial action, but we have to reassign the soldiers who were crossing guards back to their units or to other areas once provided by our civilian work force in order to reduce the cost of operating the post," said Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg Garrison public affairs officer. "We ask our parents to assist the schools by volunteering to help at their child's school."

McCollum reminded parents of Bragg’s "Home Alone" policy, which requires adults to directly supervise children in kindergarten through fourth grade and monitor fifth- and sixth-graders while they are going to and from school.