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Protecting the All-Volunteer Force - Provide Our Troops the Quality of Life They Deserve

May 10, 2024

Tom Jurkowsky


AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Florea

By Tom Jurkowsky, RealClearDefense / May 9, 2024

The House Armed Services Committee’s recently released report on how to improve the quality of life for our troops and their families sends a strong message: If we want the All-Volunteer Force to survive, here is a list of things that need focus.

“We can no longer ignore the clear warning signs that more must be done to protect and preserve the all-volunteer force,” said Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb), the chairman of the panel that examined several issues. “It’s vital that we fix these quality of life issues.”

The panel’s report addressed a range of items such as pay and compensation; access to child and medical care; spouse unemployment and support programs; food insecurity; and housing (including the quality of both on-base and off-base housing).

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