Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will overhaul military education and training to bring back the art of war fighting after thousands of service members complained about hours of useless mandatory training.
The training covers alcohol use, active shooters, sexual harassment and stress management.
Addressing the secretaries of the various Armed Forces, Mattis has ordered the formation of a new working group to “determine changes to military personnel policies” to “equip more ready and lethal forces.”
They will instead be trained in flying jets, jumping out of planes and other essential military missions
One U.S. military officer said there is “too much sexual harassment training” and not enough time spent at places like the shooting range, for example.
Mattis also wants the working group to look into “hiring practices for the [DoD] civilian workforce,” which some senior military officers have complained has become too large in recent years.
“There are more civilians working for the Pentagon than there are uniformed troops in the Navy and Air Force combined,” Katherine McIntire Peters, deputy editor of Government Executive Media Group, wrote in a recent op-ed. Peters put the Defense Department’s civilian work force at 770,000.
The defense chief also is instructing the new task force to examine “counterintelligence competencies” for the military’s law enforcement agencies.
James Mattis also ripped Pentagon officials for their “cavalier” spending following a recent report that the Defense Department spent $28 million on camouflage uniforms for Afghan soldiers that don’t match up with the country’s terrain.