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Gen. Mark Milley Vows to Prioritize Readiness Budget as Army’s Chief of Staff

Mark Milley
Mark Milley

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Defense News in an interview published Thursday he aims to ensure that U.S. troops are well-trained and have adequate equipment when they conduct missions.

“What I have got to do is ensure that adequate money is committed to the manning, training, equipping and leadership functions which constitute readiness,” he said to Defense News reporter Michelle Tan.

He noted the Army structure consists of 60 brigades, 18 divisions and three corps with a total combined force of 980,000 soldiers.

The military service’s budget plan for fiscal 2016 includes an initiative to reduce its end strength by 40,000, Milley added in the interview.

He said Army will review programs in preparation for the development of budgets for the next three FYs.

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