Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley said Sunday that Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Ala.) blockade of hundreds of military nominations and flag officer promotions threatens to politicize the military.

“We in uniform, we are an apolitical, nonpartisan institution,” he told CNN. “And we want no part of any of these political issues that are out there.”

He also said that the continued hold is “becoming a backup of the whole system,” citing delayed rotations.

“The bottom line is, yes, it has a significant impact on morale and readiness and obviously on the stability of the assignment system.”

Tuberville is protesting the Pentagon’s policy of providing paid time off and travel reimbursements if a service member needs to travel for reproductive care that isn’t available in the state where they’re stationed.

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