Marine Commandant Warns Against Troops at Border
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 Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
The Times obtained copies of the memos, dated March 18 and March 19.
Read the internal memos from Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller here: https://t.co/7wM3eC7HfD— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 21, 2019
Neller, a four-star general, has commanded the Marine Corps since September 2015.