Mission Readiness: more investment needed in early childhood education

May 20, 2014

A new report says young people aren’t prepared for military service because of inadequate education, a criminal record, or being overweight.

The report is from Mission Readiness, an organization of retired military leaders. The group focuses on children’s education and health needs. According to the report, 12 percent of Nebraska high school students don’t graduate on time, and 15 percent are unable to score high enough on a military entrance exam to serve in the Army.

Retired Air Force Major General Mark Musick says Mission Readiness wants more investment in early childhood education, so children are prepared for kindergarten. He says a focus on preschool is important not just for education, but also the economy and future national security.

The report is available at