'Deploy or get out' spurs rise in deployable airmen
from Air Force Magazine
As of December 2018, 6.8% of airmen — 34,200 people in total — could not deploy. The biggest culprits: failing to stay current on vaccinations, addressing medical and dental issues, and falling behind on physical training. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright told Air Force Magazine in a recent interview the figure now stands at 4.5%, or about 30,000 non-deployable airmen. The change is credited in part to a series of initiatives launched after former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered the military to start letting go of personnel who were unable to deploy for at least a year.
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