Dailey: Army Quality of Life ‘Improving’
Quality of life of soldiers and their families “is improving each and every day,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey told a House subcommittee.
Testifying alongside the senior enlisted advisors from the other services, Dailey said the Army remains busy, and the increased funding provided by Congress has allowed continued improvements in readiness. “It is important we maintain momentum,” he said, noting it is unusual that the Army is able to have such high retention rates at a time when the national unemployment rate is low.
“Over the last two years, we have seen major improvement based on our own investment and due to the help of this committee,” he said. Dailey was testifying before the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on military construction and veterans affairs, which oversees spending on new facilities and maintaining existing facilities. “The Army has more units better prepared than any time in recent years,” he said.
Dailey said his biggest concern is that gains that have been made for soldiers, families and in readiness may be lost if budgets are reduced or funding lapses. “We are grateful to Congress for its steadfast support,” Dailey said.
The Army has been inspecting housing, especially older housing, and has “a very detailed plan” for eliminating older and substandard housing. “We are concerned. I think we can do a better job,” he said.
“Every dollar spent on quality of life is a dollar spent on readiness,” Dailey said. “We must keep faith with our soldiers and their families as we make decisions on what programs to keep and what facilities to maintain.”