Major General John W. “Bill” Libby, US Army (Ret.) reads with children at a Pre-K program in Bangor, ME, during an event on the importance of investing in high-quality early education.

Major General John W. “Bill” Libby, US Army (Ret.) reads with children at a Pre-K program in Bangor, ME, during an event on the importance of investing in high-quality early education.

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Mission: Readiness is the nonpartisan national security organization of more than 450 retired admirals and generals calling for smart investments in America’s children.  It operates under the umbrella of the nonprofit Council for a Strong America.

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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