U.S. military fighting for continued funding

As the U.S. military braces for new rounds of budget cuts, active-duty leaders want to preserve today's professional, volunteer force, while governors and members of Congress want to protect the role of the National Guard. Here is a comparison of the cost and use of active and Guard forces. Read related story.

Sources: Reserve Forces Policy Board Jan. 7, 2013 report "Eliminating Major Gaps in DoD Data on the Fully-Burdened and Life-Cycle Cost of Military Personnel: Cost Elements Should be Mandated by Policy"; Department of Defense; National Guard Bureau | The Washington Post December 16, 2013
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