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    Army Top Enlisted Leader Testimony on Quality of Life Comes Amid a Flood of Complaints from Rank and File

    Army Top Enlisted Leader Testimony on Quality of Life Comes Amid a Flood of Complaints from Rank and File

    Sergeant Major of the Michael Weimer will make his Capitol Hill debut next week as senior enlisted leaders from each service are set to testify on quality-of-life issues for troops, and he will likely have his work cut out for him.

    The testimony comes at a time when the Army is beset with growing concerns, complaints and a wave of press coverage due to dilapidated living conditions for many junior soldiers, limited access to healthy food, and other issues that directly affect quality of life in the service. The other services face similar challenges, but the Army is the largest — and often most visible — branch.

    Weimer will testify Jan. 31 before the House Armed Services Committee's military quality-of-life panel, a recently assembled bipartisan group of lawmakers eyeing the services' accountability for issues that affect the lives of troops and their families. Enlisted leaders are likely to face tough questions about the seemingly deteriorating conditions on bases.

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    The Army has been weathering a barrage of grievances from its rank and file and media coverage of many of its barracks — often for moldy conditions particularly prevalent in the humid weather of North Carolina, and Hawaii. In some cases, soldiers with mold exposure have been hospitalized for respiratory issues.

    When Weimer…

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