Friday, March 4, 2016

Non-Deployed Marine Units Not Ready to Go to War?

Non-deployed Marine units ill-prepared to go to war
Marine Corps Times
Jeff Schogol
March 3, 2016

“We do not believe that we are going to have full-spectrum aviation readiness until at least 2020 — and that is presuming that the budget continues as is,” Paxton told lawmakers at Thursday’s hearing.

Marines fire the BGM-71 missile during exercise Lava Viper in Hawaii. Top Marine leaders say about half of the Corps' unit lack the resources they need to deploy.
(Photo: Lance Cpl. Harley Thomas/Marine Corps)
Nearly half of non-deployed Marine units do not have all of the personnel, equipment or training they need, said Assistant Commandant Gen. John Paxton.

“I think it’s 46 percent [of units that] have some degree of personnel, training or equipment degradation,” Paxton told reporters on Thursday after testifying before the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.

Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has said he wants 80 percent of Marine units at or near optimum readiness levels, but “we’re not there,” said Paxton, who did not have detailed information about what precisely non-deployed units lack.
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