Saturday, March 24, 2007

Commission Chair: More than 88% of National Guard 'not ready', situation worsening

A National Guard helicopter prepares to rescue victims of Hurrican Katrina

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Commission on the National Guard and Reserves said Friday reserve readiness was worse than realized.

The commission reported three weeks ago that 88 percent of the Army National Guard units in the United States were not ready for their missions, lacking equipment, personnel, training or some combination.

"And I can tell you today the Guard is less ready than the 88 percent. It's gotten worse in the three weeks since we issued our report, not better," said commission chairman retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee.

"We don't see the trend going up. We see the trend going down," he said.

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