A new government study using internal military statistics indicates Missouri’s national guard is badly under-equipped. The General Accounting Office says Missouri’s National Guard has only 28 percent of the medium trucks required by military standards, only 37 percent of the night-vision devices required, and 61 percent of the radios it should have under required military standards. The study reviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows Missouri well under military standard levels on heavy and light trucks and tactical quiet generators. The study blames muich of the situation on the amount of equipment shifted to Iraq, noting a lot of it has been left there or has been destroyed there.
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