ICYMI: Opening Statement of Chairman Wilson - Hearing on Future Recruiting Challenges in the Fiscally Constrained Environment

Jan 16, 2014
Press Release

Rep. Joe Wilson (SC) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery at a hearing on Future Recruiting Challenges in the Fiscally Constrained Environment. Witness testimony can be found linked below and on the Committee Repository as prepared for delivery; the committee is no longer providing paper copies of witness testimony. Additionally, a live video feed of the hearing can be seen on the Committee website .   

"Welcome to a meeting of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Ladies and Gentlemen, the hearing will come to order.  Today, the subcommittee will examine future recruiting challenges in a fiscally constrained environment and as well as discuss whether or not there is a need to expand the eligible population available for service in the military. "Historically after major conflict or war the military goes through a period of reduction and change, to include smaller budgets.  The next several years will be no different except the Budget Control Act of 2011 will have a greater impact on the budget reductions.  The committee has heard from the Department of Defense and the military services over the past year on the impacts of sequestration on end strength, readiness and procurement; but equally important is the impact on the ability to recruit an all volunteer force.  Regardless of the size of the military, it must still be able to attract eligible and qualified individuals to serve.  With the percentage of eligible youth between the age of 17 and 24 shrinking, it will remain a challenge for the services to recruit the best and brightest qualified candidates.   "I personally believe service in the military creates opportunity and as many people as possible should have that opportunity to serve as long as they meet the required qualifications.  I myself cherish the opportunities the military has provided my family.    

"I would like to welcome our distinguished witnesses:

Rear Admiral Lower Half Annie B. Andrews  Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, U.S. Navy

•  Witness Statement [PDF]

•  Witness Biography [PDF]

Major General Mark A. Brilakis  Commanding General of Recruiting Command, U.S. Marine Corps

•  Witness Statement [PDF]

•  Witness Biography [PDF]

Brigadier General Gina Grosso  Director of Force Management Policy, U.S. Air Force

•  Witness Statement [PDF]

•  Witness Biography [PDF]

Ms. Vee Penrod  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, Department of Defense

•  Witness Statement [PDF]

•  Witness Biography [PDF]

Major General Thomas Seamands  Director of Military Personnel Management, U.S. Army

•  Witness Statement [PDF]

•  Witness Biography [PDF]