In today's Politico, two retired military leaders make a tremendous argument for real investment in programs of positive youth development. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Hugh Shelton, and former Secretary of the Navy John Dalton, should be applauded for drawing attention to the growing challenges our children face.
These men are joined by many other former military leaders who are leading the Mission: Readiness National Advisory Council to educate policy makers about how investments in kids will help us stay on track for a strong 21st century military and economy.
They are working to bring attention to the fact that over 72 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds do not meet the basic educational, physical and moral standards required for service.
And are correct in saying that...
The most important long-term investment we can make for a strong military is in the health and education of the American people. If we want to ensure that we have a strong, capable fighting force, we need to help America's youth succeed academically, graduate from high school and obey the law.
It is incredibly important to continue drawing attention the challenges our children face in this country. Whether you frame it in a discussion of national security, to fight crime, to create human capital for our future work force, or just because it is the right thing to do! We need more leaders who are willing to stand up to ensure we are investing in our future.
Read the entire article here.