"I'm old-fashioned: I don't write about sitting presidents, so those looking for a tell-all will be disappointed," Mr. Mattis told The Associated Press in a statement. "I want to pass on the lessons and experiences that prepared me for challenges I could not anticipate, not take up the hot political rhetoric of our day."
He said exempting those people from mental health and physical standards could undermine readiness and disrupt unit cohesion.
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