Of course we aren’t provided with non-political details, so I can only speculate However, after watching so many of Trumps knee-jerk reactions my first question is: WAS THIS THE ONLY OPTION? Or was he creating a distraction during his impeachment?
I was a toddler during World War II, registered for the draft and opted to enlist shortly after Korea. I served active duty during much of Vietnam, Suez Canal Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis, Dominican Republic Crisis. All as an aircraft maintainer, not at any command level.