The senior enlisted leaders for each military service, including the top noncommissioned officer in the military, will testify in front of Congress at the end of the month about quality-of-life issues for troops — a raft of recently exposed problems including squalid living conditions, subpar dining facilities and access to health care.
The leaders will appear before the House Armed Services Committee's military quality-of-life panel, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who assembled last summer with the aim of keeping the services accountable for issues that affect the lives of troops and military families. The hearing will be Jan. 31, the Marine Corps and the office of House panel Chairman Don Bacon, R-Neb., told Military.com.
“Chairman Bacon believes it's important that the members of the military quality-of-life panel hear directly from the nation's senior enlisted leaders on the challenges currently facing the all-volunteer force,” Danielle Jensen, a spokesperson for Bacon, said in an emailed statement. “Chairman Bacon looks forward to hearing their insight and experience as the panel completes its work and prepares its final report and legislative recommendations to the House Armed Services Committee.”
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