Military Matters: Department of Defense considering removal of 'non-deployable'

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Department of Defense is taking a new approach in cleaning up its ranks, so to speak.

It is considering an ultimatum which would be issued to thousands of service members known as 'non-deployable' troops.

Believe it or not, there are nearly 235,000 members of the military who are classified as 'non-deployable.'

Some of these have injuries that keep them from being sent overseas, others are not up to date on immunization records and dental exams. Roughly 20,000 are off the list because they are pregnant.

The Pentagon says service members who have been 'non-deployable' for at least a year may be separated from the military. In other words, asked to leave.

It is not in final writing yet, but the Department of Defense says the proposal is under final review.

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