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“If you can’t go overseas [and] carry a combat load, then obviously someone else has got to go. I want this spread fairly and equitably across the force.”
The only exemption is for those who have been injured in combat, he noted.
“If they were wounded in combat, and they want to stay in and they’ve lost their leg or something like this, and they can’t be a paratrooper anymore, then we’ll find a place to use them. That’s a special category. They’ve earned that special status,” Mattis said.
“Otherwise, you’re either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I’m not going to have some people deploying constantly, and then other people who seem to not pay that price to be in the U.S. military,” he said.