DOD to address the many 'non-deployables' on its rolls

The Department of Defense has implemented a new policy to address a growing problem with a large number of servicemembers that cannot be deployed.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis gave an example of the problem to reporters this week, stating that if 10,000 troops out of 100,000 are not deployable, that means 90,000 deploy more often to meet the same deployment standard.

He said the problem is unfair to those servicemembers who are deployable because they are deployed more than they should be.

 “[T]he bottom line is, we expect everyone to carry their share of the load and sometimes things happen,” he said, adding, “People bust their legs in training or they're in a car accident. We understand that.”

Under the new policy, DoD’s office of personnel and readiness developed a policy that states that if you are not deployable for a year or more, than “you're going to have to go somewhere else,” he told reporters.

He added that the only exemption is for those who have been injured in combat.

“… you're either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I'm not going to have some people deploying constantly, and then other people who seem to not pay that price to be in the U.S. military,” he said.

Reader comments

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

Thank God. US Army WO retired.Its about time.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018 CK DC

Maybe it's time to consider a revised retirement plan that favors in thin order: Combat arms troops, Deployed troops, and REMFs that stay at home.

Sat, Feb 24, 2018 GT - retired Army 23 years

I totally agree with this but hope they use some judgement. I had an E7 who worked for me who lost his spleen in a training accident. He was essentially non-deployable due to the hit on his immune system. Not his fault and nothing he should have been fired for.

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

I totally agree with this stance. Some people spend entire military career having never been deployed or to combat.

Fri, Feb 23, 2018 Anony Oklahoma

Makes sense to me.

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