Mattis Targets Some Training as Waste of Time

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a Pentagon review of the mandatory training and administrative requirements his troops face each year that cut into time that they could be spending to prepare for combat.

Mattis, a former Marine general who commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, ordered the formation of a group to study policies – including a wide range of mandatory training programs – that could be adjusted to free up servicemembers to focus more of their time “on the art and science of warfighting,” according to a memo that he sent Friday to top military service and combat command officials.

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