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    650 Military Promotions Threatened as Senator Shows No Signs of Relenting

    650 Military Promotions Threatened as Senator Shows No Signs of Relenting

    About 650 general and flag officer promotions could be delayed this year by a legislative hold on Capitol Hill imposed by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., over abortion policies, according to the Pentagon.

    Tuberville's hold could not only hold up the promotions of rank and position — the vast majority of the 852 total officers at those ranks — but is also threatening recent major nominations for a Joint Chiefs chairman and Marine Corps commandant, as well as the growing list of other key replacements.

    The potential backlog is causing increasing concern inside the Pentagon, as Tuberville refuses to back down in his opposition to the military providing leave for women to have civilian abortion care. Without those confirmations, a senior defense official told Military.com that the vast majority of the military's general and flag officer positions “could be vacant at a time when our military is expected to defend the nation.”

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    Despite the concern, many top positions filled by senior officers could be filled temporarily by deputies and others, or officers without term limits could stay on until lawmakers finally approve a successor, meaning the military would not be riddled with actual vacancies.

    Tuberville's hold effectively puts a stop to the Senate's usual process of regularly approving large batches of military promotions,…

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