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Retired admirals and generals strengthening national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit, and stay out of trouble

About Mission: Readiness

The more than 700 retired admirals, generals, and other top military leaders who are members of Mission: Readiness recognize that the strength of our country depends on a strong military. This is a significant challenge, since more than 70 percent of today’s young adults ages 17 to 24 cannot qualify for military service because they are not academically prepared, are too overweight, or have a record of crime or drug abuse.

Since 2009, Mission: Readiness has championed evidence-based, bipartisan state and federal public policy solutions that are proven to prepare our youth to be citizen-ready and able to serve their nation in any way they choose.

700+ retired admirals, generals, and top military leaders fight for:

  • High-quality early childhood experiences, including parent coaching and early education, to build a foundation for long-term success
  • Strong academic standards for K-12 schools that ensure that all students have the opportunity to master the skills and knowledge for postsecondary education, and the option for military service
  • Nutritious foods and physical activity in schools and communities so children are healthy and physically fit for life

The U.S. Army faces an imminent and menacing threat to our national security: The lack of fully qualified young people to serve in the military. Faced with these declining numbers, we have two choices: Lower the military admission standards or raise the health and education standards.

General (Ret.) William Wallace, Former Commanding General, US Army Training and Doctrine Command