Proposed budget gives USMC extra $200 mln to boost readiness

2017/5/8 14:15:40

“We see ourselves as a crisis reaction force, and in order to be a crisis reaction force you’ve got to have a Marine Corps that’s ready and ready to fight tonight,” says Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey. 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Megan Eckstein for USNI News, May 5, 2017

 

Marine Corps leadership is pleased with the sum of money Congress gave the service in this week’s spending bill agreement and says the 2017 funding levels set them on a healthy path to reach their goals for 2018 and beyond.

 

Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Glenn Walters said Thursday night at a Marine Corps Association awards dinner that the Marines asked lawmakers for “a slug of money” in their original Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, and Congress came back and asked what else the service needed.

 

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Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, told USNI News at the same event that Marine Corps leadership is “very pleased with how the budget turned out for the United States Marine Corps.”

 

Asked how the 2018 budget would build on this week’s spending agreement, Bailey said, “the commandant has come out and prioritized a couple things. He’s prioritized readiness as a number one priority, and then he’s said Marine Corps 2025 as number two. And the reason behind that is, we see ourselves as a crisis reaction force, and in order to be a crisis reaction force you’ve got to have a Marine Corps that’s ready and ready to fight tonight. Marine Corps 2025 is set up so that we are looking out at what do we see in terms of a threat and how we can prepare ourselves in terms of organize, train and equip to be able to fight that threat.”

 

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Editor’s Note: Lt. General Bailey is a native of St. Augustine, Florida.

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