Kendrick Traylor is an advertising sales executive at WTOK-TV. His Army National Guard unit has not been activated, but is on alert. Traylor knows there's a chance he could be called away to active duty.
If and when Traylor leaves, the rest of the ad sales team will be expected to pick up the slack, taking care of his accounts.
Such is the case at other businesses and agencies. In fact, with most every guardsman who is deployed, there's a job that's being left behind, and an employer left one worker short.
It could be especially tough at the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, where as many as two deputies and two corrections officers could be deployed.
Right now, military officials predict most deployments could last from six months to a year.
For employers, that's a long time to be one or even more employee short. Nevertheless, employers will have to find a way to make do in the meantime.