Why are so many soldiers non-deployable? Many answers to the question 

10/11/2011 12:00 PM 

Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy's spoke on factors that may make a soldier non-deployable

The question of what is causing so many soldiers to be non-deployable, as many as 30 percent in some institutes, had no simple answers from a panel of officers speaking at an Institute of Land Warfare Contemporary Military Forum Monday, Oct. 10.

Karl Schneider, principal assistant of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, said, “One-third of them are … for medical deputy reasons.”

But even that figure can be misleading, Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, deputy director of the Army National Guard, said, because some of the medical reasons can be resolved with a check-up.

Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, said, “We drive them to write down everything” when guardsmen and reservists come off deployment because they are being demobilized.

Kadavy said the Defense Department goal is to have 75 percent available for deployment, and money is being provided in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget to cover deployment medical issues.

“We have to keep a very close eye on medical readiness “ in the reserve components, Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy commanding general of Forces Command said during the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Another key reason for the reserve components non-deployability rate being higher than the active is tied to their lack of a transient account.  “The moment a soldiers enlists in the Army National Guard he is assigned to a unit” although he has not been through Advanced Individual Training required for deployment.

Family hardship is a third factor affecting deployment.

“How we mitigate this, is cross-leveling soldiers,” and plugging in comparable subordinate units, Kadavy said.