first published on March 15, 2019 by Will
A year-old “deploy or get out” policy by the Department of Defense has now separated around 21,000 troops for being non deployable.
A February 2018 memorandum from the Pentagon stated that service members who have been on a non deployable status for longer than 12 months would be given the boot. There were exceptions given for pregnancies and wounded warriors.
Last year at this time, 13 to 14 percent of troops were medically unable to deploy. The DOD wanted that number to be pushed below five percent. Since the implementation of the policy, the force now has a non deployable rate of 5.4 percent.
“A key element of strengthening our military and increasing lethality is ensuring our warfighters achieve established physical, mental, and security vetting standards,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said. “War is unforgiving, and our mission demands we remain a standards-based organization.”
This is a long overdue policy decision that will ensure unit readiness and increase force lethality. The military is cutting the dead weight, and if you were a productive service member, you understand how necessary this is.
Each unit is only allowed so many troops, so each service member needs to pull their own weight. Non deployable troops are wasted space, and others will have to do their job for them. They’re collecting a government paycheck while giving nothing in return. At a unit level this effects readiness. At the platoon level, these fat, broke dicks create a toxic work environment as they sit back while other perform their share of the task. Good riddance.