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A Statement on the Posture of

the United States Army

Fiscal Year 1997


The Honorable Togo D. West, Jr.


General Dennis J. Reimer

Presented to

the Committees and Subcommittees of the


and the




The Army has served the nation for over two centuries. Our Army is truly America's Army - a seamless force composed of Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard soldiers, civilian employees, and family members serving the nation at home and abroad. We have an obligation to give them the best leadership, weapons, technology, and quality of life possible.

Today's Army is unmatched in the world. We remain prepared to answer the nation's call - a call which is coming more often than ever before. The Army's primary purpose is to fight and win the nation's wars. Our soldiers also can conduct many other operations - from delivering humanitarian aid to enforcing peace. These diverse missions highlight the talent, flexibility, and versatility gained in their training.

These wide-ranging missions also highlight the complex global security environment. The threats today are less predictable than in the past, but just as real and just as dangerous. Rising sophistication among terrorists and rogue states, the standing armies of potential adversaries, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction portend increased challenges for the future. The Army will continue to play a key role in the nation's response to those challenges.

In order to conduct our operations at home and abroad, in war and in peace, the Army must have well trained, highly disciplined soldiers. We must provide them with modern equipment and offer them and their families the best quality of life possible. A high quality Army - one that is prepared to execute a variety of missions - costs money. Our resources, more than any other factor, affect the Army's capabilities. Resources determine our recruiting efforts, our training programs, our modernization plans, and our force structure.

We must forge an Army prepared to meet the many new challenges of today's world. America's 21st century Army must be a capabilities-based force - a force capable of executing diverse missions across the continuum of conflict. America's Army is stalwart in its determination to meet the challenges of today, tomorrow, and the 21st century.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

1. America's Army Today

2. The Readiness Challenge: Balancing the Imperatives

3. The Stability Challenge

4. The Efficiency Challenge

5. America's Army Tomorrow and into the 21st Century


The annual Army Posture Statement (APS) is an unclassified summary of Army roles, missions, accomplishments, plans, and programs. Designed to reinforce annual Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff, Army, posture and budget testimony before Congress, the APS is subsequently distributed extensively and serves a broad audience as a basic reference document on the state of the Army.

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