Troops sour on Mattis nomination after he releases 6,000-book reading list
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large number of active-duty troops once enthusiastic about the choice of James Mattis for Defense Secretary have since soured on the pick after the retired general released a 6000-book reading list he plans to implement for the entire DoD after he is confirmed, Duffel Blog has learned.
Referred to by some as the "Warrior Monk," the 66-year-old sent his reading list to the military's entire email distribution list over the weekend. Most service members who received the 200-page email reported they were still in the process of reading it well into Monday morning.
"For our current fights, the Pentagon Reading List provides a collection of readings to be read dependent on your grade and how long you have before deploying," Mattis wrote in the email. "This reading list is not all inclusive, and some commands may add additional books if they feel that 6,000 is not enough."
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