Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, deputy chief of staff for Personnel at U.S. Army G1 discusses implementing Secretary Mattis’s plan to make the military 100% deployable.
Earlier this year, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis unveiled his “deploy or get out” plan to make all soldiers deployable, and it officially went into effect on October 1. The Army is doing their part to meet that goal. Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, deputy chief of staff for Personnel at U.S. Army G1 says that Through new physical fitness standards and health tests, Army HR is already implementing major elements of the plan. “We’re working on separating out the people who can’t meet the standard. The Army is a standards-based organization, and those who meet the standards thrive and do very well. Those who don’t either need to come in line and make the standard or figure out what else to do,” Seamands said. “One of the things we’re discussing is making deployability a condition of employment. You maintain deployability, you’re good to go. If you can’t be deployable, we appreciate your service, but perhaps there’s something else you need to do and we’ll get a new soldier who can actually be deployable.”