Pentagon workers will learn this week how hard the sequester is about to hit.

Defense Department employees are expected to begin receiving furlough notices Thursday, as thousands of civilian workers prepare to lose 20 percent of their pay because of sequester cuts.

Despite ongoing complaints that the Pentagon has wasted money on “questionable” research and other programs, many of the department’s civilian employees are expected to be furloughed for one day a week.

The notices will start to go out Thursday, and employees will have until roughly the end of the month to appeal.

By late April, the furloughs are expected to go into effect, and last through September.