The militarytimes also states, "Instead, their role will largely mirror that of the existing National Guard troops - about 2,000 in all - deployed to the border over the past six months, including providing helicopter support for border missions, installing concrete barriers and repairing and maintaining vehicles. The new troops will include military police, combat engineers and helicopter companies equipped with advanced technology to help detect people at night." Not useless.
Yes it would be great if they could have spent Thanksgiving at home. Too bad that caravan of thousands of migrants didn't stop and think of that!
These servicemen didn't get drafted for heavens sakes. They signed up for this!! Just like we did. I'm at work right now. In ED triage. (No patients coming in thankfully.)