Mission: Readiness is the nonpartisan national security organization of over 600 retired admirals, generals, and other retired senior military leaders calling for smart investments in America’s children.  It is a part of Council for a Strong America, the umbrella nonprofit for five membership organizations comprising the unique and powerful voices of retired military, business, law enforcement, faith and sports, working together to prepare young Americans for success.

“I joined Mission: Readiness to support common-sense solutions to the educational and health challenges that prevent the vast majority of the nation’s young adults from being qualified for the honor of military service. While I view most public policy debates from a conservative perspective, I have seen firsthand how lawmakers across the political perspective respond when we make our case for smart investments in the nation’s youth.”  

– Brigadier General Dennis W. Schulstad, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Currently, more than 70 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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