Richard B. Myers, General, US Air Force (Retired), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at press conference to release Still Too Fat to Fight report. Joining him were (left to right) Norman R. Seip, Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Retired); Charles E. Milam, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy; Belinda H. Pinckney, Brigadier General, US Army (Retired); and   James M. Loy, Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired), Former Commandant of US Coast Guard & Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Richard B. Myers, General, US Air Force (Retired), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at press conference to release Still Too Fat to Fight report. Joining him were (left to right) Norman R. Seip, Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Retired); Charles E. Milam, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy; Belinda H. Pinckney, Brigadier General, US Army (Retired); and James M. Loy, Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired), Former Commandant of US Coast Guard & Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

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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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