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Dailey: Army Rebuilding Soldier, Unit Readiness

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U.S. Army
Friday, March 01, 2019

The Army continues to build readiness across the total force—from the individual soldier to its brigade combat teams, the service’s top enlisted leader said.

“The Army has more units ready than at any time in recent history,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee.

Because of funding support from Congress, the Army had 28 brigade combat teams at their highest state of readiness at the end of 2018, compared to 19 BCTs the year before, he added.

“Barring significant increase in demand for land forces, couple with continued stable and sufficient funding, we will remain on track to meet our readiness recovery goals by [fiscal 20]22,” Dailey wrote in a prepared statement submitted to the subcommittee.

Also, the Army is cutting the number of nondeployable soldiers in the force, extending infantry one-station unit training, increasing combat training center rotations, implementing the new Army Combat Fitness Test, working to better match soldiers with the right jobs based on their skills, and rolling out programs to improve quality of life for soldiers and their families.

Those efforts are all designed to increase soldier lethality and ensure soldiers are physically and mentally prepared to meet the rigors of combat, Dailey said.

“It is of the utmost importance to not only keep faith with our soldiers, but their families as well, as Army families are the strength of our men and women who serve,” Dailey wrote.