ROANOKE, Va. -

Some civilian employees of ROTC programs in western Virginia have been furloughed.  The partial federal government shutdown, however, has not affected training of students.

A spokesman for Virginia Military Institute  said Wednesday that "a few" federal civil service employees who work at the Lexington college have been furloughed.  Training run by active duty military members is continuing, though.  The shutdown has not affected ROTC scholarships.

Six civilian employees of the Army ROTC program at Virginia Tech have been furloughed, according to a spokesperson there.  A total of 23 people oversee training of about 600 Army ROTC students at Virginia Tech and Radford University.  The Air Force ROTC program has not been affected.  Calls to a representative of the Navy ROTC program have not been returned.