Pentagon issues warning for non-deployable personnel: 'Deploy or be removed'
The non-deployable concern connects directly to unit's and individuals sustaining combat readiness. The new policies being implemented to address this concern have some relevance to this discussion as the BA AFSCs expect those holding AFSC to be deployable (must sustain combat readiness) to retain award of AFSC and perform duties of AFSC.
“The other thing we’ve seen is that in the down years of recruiting for the military, we offered too many medical waivers,” the official said. “The medical conditions ... have followed them into the service as they progressed through their careers. We have to address that.”
The most relevant disclosure IMO is: "while the remaining service members are non-deployable because of short or long-term injuries. But Troxell said that very few of those injuries “are related to combat injuries. Or battle injuries. It’s related to everyday, doing their job, or during physical training that they were injured.” It is important to note that focus on physical fitness incurred injuries is on 98% of all in the uniformed armed forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) lack accountability to any occupational-specific fitness (Tier 2) standards and testing to remain qualified to perform the duties of their military occupation (MOS, AFSC, NEC). This physical fitness training injuries (historically and nothing is disclosed otherwise in current press releases) thrown into this statistic includes after hours MWR activities such as playing softball on the unit's team.
It will be most interesting how “deploy or be removed” policy that will impact the recruiting of woman for BA AFSCs. Applicable previous posts in this discussion are: 82, 106, 427, 821, 1052, 1061, 1641, 1673, 1731, 1722,.1808, and 1811.
Occupational-Specific physical fitness age-adjusted standards Re: Age and going for SF Mattis: Deploy-or-get-out rule is about fairness
However, the secretary did acknowledge that the failure to meet deployability requirements is not always on the individual. The classic example is a situation where someone was unable to get a dental appointment quickly enough and hence did not meet the requirements.New Pentagon Separation Policy on Non-Deployable Service Members
The Deputy Secretary of Defense directed the following interim policy guidance, which will remain in effect until the Department issues a DoD Instruction on reporting and retention of non-deployable Service members:
... Pregnant and post-partum Service members are the only group automatically excepted from this policy.