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U.S. Military Readiness

NPR's Tom Gjelten reports on claims that U.S. military deployments overseas for peace keeping duties prevents the U.S. military from meeting its larger defense commitments. The facts are somewhat mixed. Military chiefs maintain that where U.S. forces are stationed for peacekeeping, such as in Bosnia, morale is high with a sense of duty and re-enlistment's are higher than normal. But the picture for officers with families on long-term overseas assignments is not as positive.

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