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The Army is taking a hard look at the number of Soldiers who are designated as non-deployable and also at possibly reducing the frequency of permanent-change-of-station moves, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper said at a meeting with service organizations.

Esper spoke at the Military/Veteran Service Organization and Non-Federal Entity Partner Roundtable in the Pentagon Tuesday.

Before his remarks, Esper thanked the MSO/VSO members, noting that they do an outstanding job — out of the limelight — advocating for Soldiers and their families on quality-of-life and readiness issues.

The organizations also share the Army’s story with the American public and lawmakers, most of whom have never served and know very little about issues that are important to Soldiers and the Army, he added.

NON-DEPLOYABLES

More than 100,000 Soldiers are currently in a non-deployable status, Esper pointed out, adding that they are “hurting Army readiness.”

A business would not survive if 10 percent of its workforce could not perform its core mission, he said, yet the Army continues to carry these Soldiers on its rolls.

It’s also a health-of-the-force issue. For every Soldier who cannot deploy, someone must take that person’s place, and that puts a strain on an already over-deployed force.

Getting non-deployables transitioned out of the Army is “an approach I hate to do,” but it has to be done, he said. However, he also noted that the Army will do everything it can to help get as many Soldiers as possible changed to a deployable status. Read more

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The Army is taking a hard look at the number of Soldiers who are designated as non-deployable and also at possibly reducing the frequency of permanent-change-of-station moves, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper said at a meeting with service organizations.

The Army is taking a hard look at the number of Soldiers who are designated as non-deployable and also at possibly reducing the frequency of permanent-change-of-station moves, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper said at a meeting with service organizations.