Magazine article VFW Magazine

'Deploy or Get Out' Now Policy

Magazine article VFW Magazine

'Deploy or Get Out' Now Policy

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The Pentagon issued a new policy in February that will begin separating troops who have not been deployable for the past year.

VFW Washington Office Executive Director Bob Wallace said that the retention policy provides no definition of what a qualifying determination consists of, what the appeals process is for the service member and who has the authority to make the determination.

"It is unclear how this determination will be applied to service members who are wounded in action and at what point in their care the decision will be made that they meet the 12-month threshold," Wallace said.

In a statement to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Wallace said that he is concerned about the "lack of clarity" on how the Department of Defense (DoD) is preparing for a potential increase utilization of the Disability Evaluation System used to process fitness for duty evaluations. …

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