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Thu May 13, 2021, 08:34 PM

Army secretary nominee concerned about 'unreasonable or unhelpful demands' on National Guard

President Biden's nominee for Army secretary expressed concern Thursday about whether National Guard and reserve forces are being overused.

"I am of course concerned about the possibility that there are unreasonable or unhelpful demands on the National Guard, as well as the reserves," Christine Wormuth told the Senate Armed Services Committee during her confirmation hearing to become the Army's top civilian official.

"So if I were confirmed I would want to look closely at - with Gen. [Daniel] Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau - to look at exactly how that strain is manifesting and whether his assessment is that there is undue stress on the force," she added.

Wormuth was responding to a question from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) about the National Guard's "virtually nonstop" deployments over the last year.


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