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    Future Officer Promotions Could Also Be Delayed by Senate Standoff, Austin Warns

    Future Officer Promotions Could Also Be Delayed by Senate Standoff, Austin Warns

    Delaying Senate confirmation of generals and admirals awaiting promotions right now will ripple down into future rounds of promotions, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned in a recent letter to Congress.

    The letter escalates warnings Austin and Democrats have been delivering in recent months admonishing Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., for placing a hold on senior officer promotions over his objections to the Pentagon covering travel and leave for troops seeking abortions. As of now, 196 promotions are caught in Tuberville's hold.

    In the latest missive, Austin argued that, because general and flag officer numbers are “tightly controlled” by law and because one group of officers can be promoted only with the retirement of another group, future promotions could be delayed by a year to two years because of the current standoff.

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    “Long-term holds have a corrosive and cascading effect: They prevent our rising officers and their families from being able to predict promotion and rotation windows, which can increase the pressure to leave the in favor of greater stability,” Austin wrote in the letter, which was dated Friday. “The more normal promotion processes are jolted, the more we risk the loss of the diverse warfighting and technical expertise that America needs to confront its 21st century security challenges.”

    Austin has previously warned…

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