Former Gov. Eric Greitens is returning to the Navy

He plans to deploy to the Middle East this fall.

May 23, 2019 - 2:13 pm

(KFTK) — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens — who resigned nearly a year ago amid criminal investigations — will return to the Navy and deploy to the Middle East this fall, the Kansas City Star reported.

Greitens went to an inactive status with the Standby Reserve in 2017. This status permitted him to retain his commission, however, he could not accumulate time served to apply to retirement. During this time, he was not paid nor eligible for promotion.

In April 2019, he applied for a transfer to selected reserves and the Navy confirmed Wednesday the transfer had been approved and his status was updated to active as a naval reserve officer. The Navy told the Star he will not perform duties of a SEAL.

“His transfer was approved,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jessica McNulty, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs. She told the Star that Greitens is now affiliated with the Navy Operational Support Center in St Louis.

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Greitens also has plans for his fourth book to be published later this year, however, when the Star contacted Greitens' previous publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, they said had not received anything new.

Greitens could not immediately be reached for comment.

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