New Army policy gives some nondeployabe soldiers six months to overcome issues
WASHINGTON — The Army no longer must wait until soldiers have been in a nondeployable status for one year to dismiss them from the service, under new guidelines developed from the Pentagon’s so-called “deploy or get out” policy.
The service on Tuesday rolled out its long-awaited new policy governing soldiers serving in a nondeployable status, announcing troops who cannot deploy for any administrative reason must fix it within six months or they will be forced from the service, according to the new policy outlined in a Nov. 8 memorandum from Army Secretary Mark Esper.
“We must have a deployable and fit culture in the Army,” Esper wrote in the memo. “Our nation deserves no less.”
The new policy follows Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ order in February that all the military services develop guidelines to address growing rates of nondeployable servicemembers across the force. Mattis’ order sought to remove troops who remained nondeployable for a variety of reasons — including medical conditions, fitness problems or administrative failures — for more than a year. Last month, Pentagon officials said Mattis’ policy was already working, announcing the military had seen a reduction of about 100,000 nondeployable troops since February.
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