Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis just made a move with the U.S. military that shows that he is not messing around.
During Barack Obama’s time in the White House, he made strengthening the U.S. military his last priority, causing our forces to become weaker than ever before. Now that Donald Trump is in office, however, he’s having his Secretary of Defense make moves to make sure we return to being the strongest military force in the world.
Western Journalism reported that Mattis just announced that a new Pentagon policy referred to as deploy-or-leave will remove service members who have not been deployable for over a year. The goal of this policy is fairly sharing the deployment burden within the forces. The only exceptions to the policy are pregnant or wounded warriors. Undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness Robert Wilkie explained that “about 13 to 14 percent of the force is medically unable to deploy,” on any given day.
Mattis told reporters that this policy change has come after Wilkie pointed out that there are many nondeployables on the U.S. Army’s enlistment rolls.
“People who’ve been injured and not returned to duty. People who have — and I’m not talking about combat injured now,” Mattis said. “That’s a separate category. But people who are, just for one reason or another, are not able to deploy with their units. It was a significant number, and the Army brought their concerns forward. The other services also highlighted the concerns.”
The policy mandates that if someone is not deployable for over a year, they have to go elsewhere. Mattis said that if there are 100,000 troops and 10 percent are unable to be deployed, “then 90,000 deploy more often to meet the standard,” which is unfair to the rest of the troops.
“The bottom line,” he said, “is we expect everyone to carry their share of the load, and you know, sometimes things happen, people bust their legs in training or they’re in a car accident, we understand that, and if they — sometimes that even takes months of recovery. We understand that. But this is a deployable military. It’s a lethal military that aligns with our allies and partners. If you can’t go overseas … carry a combat load, then obviously someone else has got to go. I want this spread fairly and equitably across the force.”
“If they were wounded in combat, and they want to stay in and they’ve lost their leg or something like this, and they can’t be a paratrooper anymore, then we’ll find a place to use them. That’s a special category. They’ve earned that special status,” Mattis concluded. “Otherwise, you’re either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I’m not going to have some people deploying, you know, constantly, and then other people who seem to not pay that price to be in the U.S. military.”
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