In an homage to WW2 era cartoonist George Herriman, SOFREP’s comic genius Bob Lang brings to life the recent “love letter” sent out by Secretary Mattis. The new DoD policy requires that all personnel who have been non-deployable within the previous 12 months or more, must begin procedures to separate from service.
Sec. Mattis put it simply, saying “You’re either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I’m not going have some people deploying constantly and then other people, who seem to not pay that price, in the U.S. military.” He stressed that the policy is meant to lighten the load on soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who do multiple deployments due to lack of viable alternative backfill.
Of the 2.1 million personnel serving on active duty, in the reserves or National Guard, approximately 11 percent, or 235,000, are currently non-deployable. Those injured while serving will be exempt from the new regulations because, in the eyes of the Pentagon, they have earned the right to stay. Pregnant and postpartum service members will also be given a pass.
Mattis noted that the fault does not always lie with the individual and made it clear his message was meant for the lumbering bureaucracy and leadership as well– pointing out that junior officers were responsible for focusing on deployability of their troops and for any failure to do so.