WASHINGTON - As the Army shrinks, its mind-set has to change from being ready to respond for specific conflicts to maintaining readiness to deploy anywhere, anytime.
Readiness - already a way of life for the airborne and special operations troops at Fort Bragg - is the Army's top priority, leaders said Wednesday during the annual Association of the U.S. Army meeting. Leaders have said core skills used to determine readiness levels have fallen - even calling them "rusty.''
"Readiness for combat is our No. 1 priority and there is no other No. 1," said Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff.
Milley emphasized Army readiness must include the total force of the Army, a shift from thinking of the Army as separate active, Reserve and National Guard components.
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