Alternate Title: 2009 National Guard Posture Statement
"The President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force, the Governors and the Adjutants General all agree: The country needs a National Guard that is manned, resourced, ready, and structured to meet the security challenges of the 21st century. [...] Our greatest resources are our Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen. [...] Hundreds of thousands of our Soldiers and Airmen have deployed to the warfight -- many more than once. At one point in this war, National Guard members made up about half of the ground combat forces in Iraq. Even in the face of increased deployments, shorter dwell times, and extended separations from families and civilian employers, we are retaining members of the National Guard at extraordinary rates. Our recruiting numbers are equally impressive. [...] When looking at the readiness levels of the National Guard, it is important to consider two of the core elements of readiness: equipment and personnel. Our objective for the Army and Air National Guard is to have modern equipment on a par with that of the Title 10 forces."
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