SHOCKING REPORT: 25.8% of US Troops Struggle with Food Insecurity, Despite Making E-4 Salary

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More than a quarter of U. S. troops have recently experienced food insecurity, according to a new report by the think tank RAND Corporation.

The report found that 25.8 percent of personnel across all military branches, except the Space Force, were food insecure in 2018. Among that group, 60 percent were active-duty.

“We were surprised at the estimate,” Dr. Beth Asch, a senior economist at RAND and the report’s lead author, told CNN. “I mean, that’s a lot of people.”

While there is no single definition of food security, according to the report, the U. S. Department of Agriculture defines it as “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.”

RAND’s new report on food insecurity was called for in the 2020 military budget bill. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin raised the issue in November 2021 when he announced “a new toolkit” to help military leaders identify struggling service members and connect them with resources and programs.

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