WASHINGTON -- Quality trumps quantity when it comes to soldiers, Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters here today.
Esper and Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey briefed reporters on recruiting, retention and equipment during the Pentagon news gaggle.
The Army is addressing readiness issues, the secretary said, but it is still the most potent fighting force in the world. “If we got the call today, the Army would deploy, fight and win in any conflict,” Esper said. “I am completely confident of that.”
Readiness in the service is trending up, he said, and if the promised levels of funding continue “and demand remains stable, we’ll be in good shape,” he said.
The Army is growing and accessions to the service are strong. “Quality remains number one, we are not lowering standards in any way, shape or form, to meet recruiting numbers,” Esper said. Officials up and down the command chain and in the Army Recruiting Command understand that message.