Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody quote
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody

I do believe, and I've stated many times in testimony, that the center of gravity of this war on terrorism is our ability to retain the all-volunteer force. Never in the history of our country have so many people been dependent on so few, and asked so few to carry such a heavy rucksack. That rucksack goes not just to the Soldier in the field but also to the Family members who have now supported two, three, and four combat tours. What you do here is lighten that rucksack. You'll be 8,000 miles away from the combat zone, but your contributions here may be some of the most important things we do to sustain this all-volunteer force.

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