12 Jul '18, 2am

Oh surging civilians to Afghanistan, amazing. I’ve never heard of such a thing. https://t.co/ytO8gy5WuJ

Oh surging civilians to Afghanistan, amazing. I’ve never heard of such a thing. https://t.co/ytO8gy5WuJ

The Pentagon is preparing for a one-time surge of civilian employees to Afghanistan to eliminate a shortage of nonmilitary personnel that officials say could jeopardize efforts to secure the country and assist its embattled government. Less than 70 percent of positions for DOD civilians are filled in Afghanistan – and that number is trending downward, Secretary Jim Mattis said in a June 29 memo. The employment of civilians is seen as crucial because it frees up servicemembers from support roles and enables them to focus on the military mission. “We are at a critical point in Afghanistan — moving forward in stabilizing operations and building Afghan ministerial capacity — but continued progress requires maximum fill of validated civilian positions,” Mattis said. Mattis called for an immediate “one-time surge” of expeditionary civilians, which the Pentagon uses partly to red...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/surge-of-dod-civilian-employ...

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