Mattis writes recommendation for Reince Priebus to join Navy

Defense Secretary James Mattis has written a letter of recommendation for former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to join the Navy as a reserve officer, the Pentagon confirmed Friday.

The program is fairly common practice for the Navy, and has become known as a way for politicians to gain military experience.

“Secretary Mattis agreed to write a letter of recommendation on his behalf. The letter is consistent with applicable standards,” said chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White on Friday.