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Chandler: Army still strong despite cuts

Published: March 5, 2014, 11:06 am, by Tom Roeder

11 armyThe Army’s top enlisted soldier says his branch of service remains strong, despite budget cuts and a proposal to reduce its ranks to 450,000 soldiers.
“This past year has brought some significant changes to the Army, including the impacts of sequestration, a government shutdown, furloughs, and the effects of a drawdown and budget reductions,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III said in a statement released on the Army’s website.
“As always, your Army, our Army, has risen to the challenge.”
Chandler said quality of life remains a priority in remarks to the House Armed Services Committee, the website said.
He also said recruiting and keeping quality troops and ensuring veterans get a smooth transition to civilian life are top goals.
“We have the best Army in the world. We are the best equipped, trained and led,” said Chandler. “Although we may get leaner, we will still be the best Army tomorrow, in five years, in 10 years, and as long as this nation needs an Army,” he said.