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Top Service Members Mark All-Volunteer Force’s Anniversary

NCO Journal
American Forces Press Service

July 2, 2013

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(Photo by Sgt. Julieanne Morse)

In a letter issued July 1 to the men and women of the armed forces, the nation’s top two military officers and senior enlisted member marked the 40th anniversary of the all-volunteer force.

The letter — signed by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs; and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman — reads as follows:

the everyday comforts of their homes, their neighborhoods, and their families to join and serve a cause greater than themselves. They have joined a profession bound by honor, sacrifice, bravery, and — in many cases — danger. They serve a greater purpose — protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

On 1 July 1973, the United States instituted the All-Volunteer Force. Those who choose to wear the cloth of our Nation do so with a great sense of pride and allegiance. To volunteer speaks volumes to the character, patriotism, and commitment of America’s most precious resource — our men and women who serve.

As we commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force, we would like to pass our heartfelt appreciation to all those who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. You are America’s strength — you honor our past, and you preserve our future.

Well done, Warriors — thank you for your service!

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III also recognized the anniversary, noting on his facebook page, “Today marks the 40th anniversary of our All-Volunteer Force. Over the past four decades, we’ve transformed ourselves into the most capable and ready Army in our history.  We stand proudly on the shoulders of those who came before us as a force of professionals sustained in peacetime, tested in battle, and respected throughout the world.  Hooah!”