More fear mongering.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan that he doesn’t know whether soldiers will continue to receive paychecks if an agreement over the U.S. debt ceiling cannot be reached.

“I certainly hope it gets solved,” Mullen told reporters.

America’s highest-ranking military officer said soldiers had recently asked him about the crisis, saying “here we are, halfway around the world, fighting our country’s wars, and I’ve got to worry about a paycheck.”

Mullen said August 15 would be the first payday jeopardized if the United States defaults. Soldiers normally get paid in two-week increments, making the last assured payday on August 1, he said.

Senate leaders said Sunday that progress had occurred in the talks on a deficit reduction deal that would raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. However, the deadline for the United States to face possible default on its obligations is midnight Tuesday, and political wrangling in Congress has held up an agreement so far.