2016 Army Posture Statement

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What is it?

The 2016 Army Posture Statement is the annual written testimonial of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army submitted to Congress. The Army Posture Statement informs Congress on the state of the Army and outlines the Army's accomplishments, initiatives, and priorities for Congress to consider when reviewing the President's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

What has the Army done?

The 2016 Army Posture Statement describes the Army's vision for providing ready forces. To remain prepared for contingencies, the Army must make the most of the resources entrusted by the American people. This ultimately requires a balance of competing requirements -- readiness, end strength, and modernization -- to ensure America's Army remains ready to fight and win both today and in the future.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

Army readiness has been affected by the last three years of reduced funding. To address this, the Army's number one priority is readiness, which has four components - manning, training, equipping, and leader development. These components help to establish how the Army prioritizes its efforts to provide trained and ready forces prepared to fight and win the nation's wars.

The Army Posture Statement also identifies the five key modernization capability areas:

  • Aviation
  • The Network
  • Integrated Air Missile Defense
  • Combat Vehicles
  • Emerging Threats

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army Posture Statement provides Congress, as well as internal and external audiences, an overview of the Army's plan to build readiness. The Army Posture Statement is an authoritative document that highlights the Army's enduring and vital contribution to the defense of the nation as a member of the Joint Force, its global commitments and vision for the future.

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Events

April 2016

Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Month: Visit SHARP (#SHARP)

Volunteer Appreciation Month (#Volunteer)

Month of the Military Child: Visit Army Families (#MOMC #MilitaryFamilies)

April 5: Gold Star Spouse's Day (#GoldStar #Spouses #GoldStarPins)

April 22: Earth Day (#EarthDay)

April 23: Army Reserve's 108th Birthday (Tag www.facebook.com/USArmyReserve and @USArmyReserve on Twitter)

May 2016

National Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

National Day of Prayer

May 30: Memorial Day

(Note: Recommended hashtags for social media promotion provided in parenthesis.)

Focus Quote for the Day

An investment in readiness is the primary means that allows the Army to meet the demands of our Combatant Commanders and maintain the capacity to respond to contingencies worldwide.

- Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley in a joint statement before the committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, April 7, 2016

Taken from the 2016 Army Posture Statement

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