The Army will continue to focus on rebuilding readiness over the next four years, upgrading equipment, refurbishing stockpiles of munitions and bulking up its end strength. Already, the service has made tremendous strides in regaining past readiness levels, Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff for Army G8, said this week at an industry conference. The service is on track to add 7,500 active-duty soldiers this year and plans to increase its active forces by 4,000 personnel each of the next three years. By 2022 when officials believe the Army will reach its readiness goals, the service’s priority will shift to modernizing its weapons and equipment.
At that point, the service will shift funding from readiness to modernization as officials prepare future budgets, reports Military.com. “I have commitment from the secretary and the undersecretary that, if we achieve that readiness rate, we will work the readiness accounts as we invest more into the modernization accounts,” Murray said.
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