The Marine Corps is the second military service that says it will be minimally affected by the Defense Department’s new non-deployable strategy.
Gen. Glenn Walters, the Marine Corps assistant commandant, said less than 0.5 percent of the Marine total force is “truly non-deployable.”
“About 1,000 [nondeployable Marines], that’s about what we’ve been seeing for a long time. When do I get worried about it? As soon as non-deployable status in the Marine Corps affects our ability to meet our staffing goals both on the supporting establishment side and the operational side,” Walters said, during a March 6 speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference in Washington.
The Marine Corps currently has an end strength of 186,000, that number is expected to only increase slightly by about 400 in the next year.
Walters said the Marines need to keep their foot on the gas with recruiting to stay at that level.
While the Marine Corps has less than a half a percent that are truly non-deployable, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t more Marines that fit the nondeployable category. Walters said many of the Marines that fit the criteria of non-deployable need to…
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