The Vice Chiefs of the branches of our military appeared on Capitol Hill before the House Armed Service Committee and spoke to the fearsome decline in our military readiness. The Army has mostly untrained brigades. The Navy and Marine Corps air components are in dismal shape, while the Air Force cannot get more than 50% readiness. Who is to blame for this and how do you fix it?
As Written by Andrew O’Reilly for Fox News:
Top service branch officials sounded the alarm in a pair of congressional hearings this week about the erosion in military readiness.
For decades, the F/A-18 Hornet has been the Navy’s front-line combat jet – taking off from aircraft carriers around the globe to enforce no-fly zones, carry out strikes and even engage in the occasional dogfight.
But the Navy’s ability to use these planes is now greatly hindered as more than 60 percent of the jets are out of service. That number is even worse for the Marine Corps, where 74 percent of its F-18s – some of the oldest in service – are not ready for combat operations.
These figures are reflective of the erosion in readiness across all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and a source of deepening concern for ranking military members and lawmakers in both houses of Congress. Top service branch officials sounded the alarm in a pair of congressional hearings this week about how bad the problem has become.
“Our long-term readiness continues its insidious decline,” Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran testified Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services….
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