Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, questioned Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley today on the effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution on military readiness.
During his questioning today, Congressman Turner stated: “We need to continue to look at ways to reasonably continue to grow the Army to minimize the risks associated with current and future operational demands.”
As result of actions taken in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), the Army is now reversing the downward trend in end-strength. Today, General Milley testified that “a year-long continuing resolution will stop [Army] end-strength increases” and the Army would “essentially have to resume the downward trend in Army end-strength.”
Under the leadership of Chairman Mac Thornberry and through efforts led by Congressman Turner and now former Congressman Chris Gibson, the NDAA for FY17 incorporated end-strength increases for the military services in order to reverse the damaging trend of downsizing our military and begin the process of restoring overall military readiness.
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