Increase the Size of the Armed Forces

The American Legion recognizes that a strain exists on many servicemembers in the active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve components, as well as equipment and training needs caused by continuing overseas contingencies conducted against global terrorism. The American Legion urges Congress to fully fund the armed forces; to re-set units with new equipment and replacement parts, and to provide training for specific skills required for critical mission performance across the full spectrum of conflict. The American Legion urges an increase in military personnel end strengths to levels that reduce the frequency of deployments on service members, the stress on families, and the risk to national security that results from conventional warfare missions being relegated to a lower priority for
training, planning and resourcing purposes.

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