Marine Commandant Warns Against Troops at Border

  • 03/22/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Marine Commandant Warns Against Troops at Border
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The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is warning the Pentagon that unexpected deployments to the southern border pose "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency." (KTLA)

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.

Neller, a four-star general, has commanded the Marine Corps since September 2015.
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