• David M. Edgington, Major General, US Air Force (Retired) (left), James M. Loy, Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired) (center) and Richard E. Hawley, General, US Air Force (Retired) (right) on the deck of the Battleship Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, before a press conference on the importance of early learning for national security.

    David M. Edgington, Major General, US Air Force (Retired) (left), James M. Loy, Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired) (center) and Richard E. Hawley, General, US Air Force (Retired) (right) on the deck of the Battleship Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, before a press conference on the importance of early learning for national security.

    Mission: Readiness is the nonpartisan national security organization of senior retired military leaders calling for smart investments in America’s children.  It operates under the umbrella of the nonprofit Council for a Strong America.

    Currently, 75 percent of 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a serious criminal record.  Investing early in the upcoming generation is critical to securing our nation’s future.  Retired admirals and generals understand that whether young people join the military or not, we must increase investments so that all young people can get the right start and succeed in life — whatever career path they choose.

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