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In Memos, Marine Commandant Says Deploying Troops to Border Poses 'Unacceptable Risk' to Readiness

In Memos, Marine Commandant Says Deploying Troops to Border Poses 'Unacceptable Risk' to Readiness by Molly O'Toole – Los Angeles Times

The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.”

 

In two internal memos, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said the “unplanned/unbudgeted” deployment along the border that President Trump ordered last fall, and shifts of other funds to support border security, had forced him to cancel or reduce planned military training in at least five countries, and delay urgent repairs at bases.

 

The border deployment and funding transfers, as well as recovery costs from hurricanes Florence and Michael, new housing allowances and civilian pay raises, are taking a toll on combat readiness, Neller wrote to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.

 

The Times obtained copies of the memos, dated Feb. 19 and March 18…

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