Posted September 09, 2018 09:56:47 The Army Chief, Gen. Mark Milley, told a Congressional committee Wednesday that he wants the US Army to invest more in the health care and retirement systems and to invest in training to better equip and equip the troops to be ready to fight a global war.
The comments came as the Army is preparing to retire the aging Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army will retire the iconic military outpost at Fort Brags first post in 2021.
Milley said that if the US is to have the resources to do so, it needs to invest those resources in the healthcare and retirement programs, as well as the training that will prepare the troops for future wars.
The health care sector is a big one for the US military, and there’s a lot of concern that the Army’s current healthcare funding could be cut if Congress cuts military funding.
In a recent report, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimated that the military could have to cut an additional $2.9 trillion by 2023.
The report found that the healthcare system is the biggest priority for the Army, and that the service needs to make significant investments to get the healthcare infrastructure working in a cost-effective manner.
In the House Armed Services Committee hearing, Milley told lawmakers that he believes that the US needs to prioritize the health sector, noting that in order to achieve this goal, he believes the Army must focus on health care investments.
“The Army is the largest employer of retired service members and we have to invest heavily in the future,” Milley explained.
“We need to invest a lot more in health care.
It’s a very important sector of our economy, but we need to focus on it.”
Milley also discussed plans to invest millions of dollars in the Army National Guard to ensure that the Guard’s workforce is ready for the next war.
“This is the most expensive war in the history of our country.
I think we should invest a big chunk of money in our Guard to prepare it to be able to fight another war,” he said.
Milleys remarks came during the hearing in which the committee was discussing the future of the military after retiring the aging and now-demolished Fort Brag.
The US Army will officially be phased out at Fort Carson, Colorado in 2021 and the base will be decommissioned on December 31, 2021.
Military retirees, or active-duty personnel, who have not yet received a Social Security number or a Veterans Affairs pension will have to get them.
The base will remain open to the public until at least 2042, and the US will begin reopening the facility in 2021 after completing a military construction project.
The Pentagon has been preparing for the closure of the Fort Bracher base and the closure for the last five years, and Congress is expected to cut the military’s funding by more than $700 billion over the next 10 years.
Congress has also proposed a budget that would reduce funding for military healthcare and retiree healthcare by $20 billion.
The committee also discussed the proposed budget for the Pentagon’s new Strategic Command, which will be set up to help coordinate the military in response to future global crises, and will be headed by Gen. Vincent Stewart, the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command.
Stewart is also the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.