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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 800 retired admirals, generals, and other top retired 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 77 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.

What our members fight for:

  • High-quality early childhood experiences, including parent coaching and early education, to build a foundation for long-term success

  • Nutritious foods and physical activity in schools and communities so children are healthy and physically fit for life

  • Strong academic standards that ensure that all students have the opportunity to master the skills and knowledge necessary for postsecondary education, and the option for military service