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June 25, 2003

(Washington-AP) -- Military officials acknowledge it's not uncommon for children of servicemen and women to attend six or more schools before graduation. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss says that's draining the American armed services of some of their best and brightest.

Two Senate panels are exploring family life in the military and consider whether, by improving it, they could bulk up recruitment and retention efforts.

Chambliss, a Republican, has made the matter one of his priorities since taking over the chairmanship of the Senate's Armed Services subcommittee on personnel. The panel has held three field hearings -- including one in Warner Robins, Georgia -- to hear from military personnel and their spouses, and they've concluded there is a direct correlation between a soldier's happiness at home and happiness at work.

Chambliss said "While striving every day to be superb soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, the men and women of the armed services strive with equal commitment and dedication to be superb spouses, fathers and mothers. The programs and problems that we consider today directly impact the ability of our military personnel to successfully fulfill these all-important roles."

 The hearing, which was joined by Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander's Education panel on children and families, sought to find out what the services are doing for families and what else -- perhaps with a few extra congressional dollars -- they could do.

posted at 9:25AM by dave.miller@walb.com