Majority of National Guard Not Combat-Ready
Posted on Aug 2, 2006
The Army National Guard?s top general said Tuesday that more than two-thirds of his brigades are not combat-ready. Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum went on to say the problem would cost as much as $21 billion to fix.
The problem, they say, is driven by budget constraints that will not allow the military to complete the personnel training, and by repairs and replacement of equipment that must be done when units return after deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan.
“I am further behind or in an even more dire situation than the active Army, but we both have the same symptoms—I just have a higher fever,” Blum said.