Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis is really shaking things up.
His life experience as a Marine Corps general gives him a unique perspective to oversee the Pentagon and our armed forces.
Now the Warrior Monk has announced a change that will take our military to the next level.
Mattis is implementing a new policy to improve military readiness and morale.
If a service member has been non-deployable for the past 12 months or more, they’ll be removed from the military.
According to the Military Times the message from the Pentagon is clear: get deployable, or get out.
The Military Times reports:
Approximately 11 percent, or 235,000, of the 2.1 million personnel serving on active duty, in the reserves or National Guard are currently non-deployable, Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, told Military Times earlier this month.
In discussing why he felt this policy was needed, Mattis said he felt it was no longer fair to ask healthy warfighters to carry the load for others, particularly due to the stress on military families from multiple deployments.
“They need time at home, they need time with their families. We may enlist soldiers, but we re-enlist families. That’s the way it is. If you can’t keep the family together, then you’re either going to lose the family or you’re going to lose the soldier, and that’s a net loss for our society and for our military,” he said.
Mattis stressed that those who were injured in the field would be exempt from the new policy, saying “we’ll find a place to use them. That’s a special category. They’ve earned that special status.” But for everyone else, either you have to be able to meet the requirements, or it’s time for you to go.
It remains to be seen how this policy may effect or if it’s subtly related to Trump’s declared intent to remove trangenders from the military.
Fox News reported that an Obama administration study found that the average transgender soldier is unable to deploy for 238 days after sex change surgeries, roughly 65 percent of one year.
What are your thoughts on Mattis’ plan to increase military readiness by having service members shape up or ship out?
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