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Marines, Navy not at high readiness levels due to budget cuts

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Budget cuts across several branches of the United States military, most notably the Marines and the Navy, are challenging their readiness, Federal News Radio reports.

According to Navy Vice Adm. William Burke, in fact, about two-thirds of the Navy's fleet are not "certified for major combat operations." His sentiment is echoed by Marine Corps leaders, who say that more than half of his non-deployed units are not at an acceptable level of readiness.

"Marines don't start to get ready when a crisis occurs," Marines Lt. Gen. William Tryon told Federal News Radio. "We must be ready, we must be forward deployed and we must be prepared to respond immediately."

READ MORE at federalnewsradio.com.

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