Military Will Work To Maintain Americans' Trust
by Jim Garamone, DOD News
August 7, 2023
While still high, Americans' trust in the
military has dropped, and DOD officials will do all they can to
communicate to the American people about the positive good of the
U.S. troops proudly salute
Old Glory as the sunset's soft reddish, golden glow coats the flag
and troops in an unidentified rural area symbolizing
everyday. (Image/graphic provided by U.S. Department of Defense
- August 3, 2023.)
Trust in all public institutions dropped
according to the Gallup Poll conducted yearly. Still, 60% of
Americans trust the military ... second only to their trust in small
businesses at 64%.
Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig.
Gen. Pat Ryder was asked about the poll during the news conference
Ryder said the American people need to understand
that "the U.S. military continues to be the best fighting
organization in the history of the world."
are based around the world doing the nation's business. "Anywhere
you go around the globe ... 24/7 ... you are going to see our
soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, guardians and Coast Guardsmen,
conducting operations, bolstering our defense and security
cooperation relationships and engaging in activities that keep our
country safe," he said.
He said one consistent fact
throughout American history is "that there has been, and continues
to be, brave and selfless Americans who are willing to raise their
hand take an oath to defend the Constitution and our nation,
regardless of how popular military service is at any point in time."
chart how popular the military is and that ebbs and flows over time,
No DOD official takes the public's trust for
granted, Ryder said. The all-volunteer force has a responsibility to
Congress and the American public to communicate and ensure Americans
know what the military is doing to defend the country, spend
taxpayer dollars and employ resources.
"So, through a
variety of means, whether it's community relations, whether it's
media engagement, whether it's congressional testimony or through
our recruiting efforts, just to name a few, we will continue to stay
engaged with the public that we serve, and that our fellow citizens
can have the facts when it comes to the military," Ryder said. "So,
we're going to work hard and continue to maintain that trust."
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