When President Trump took office in 2017, the U.S. Army was in bad shape. Only two of its 50+ brigades were in a high state of readiness. Many of its top modernization priorities had faltered, wasting tens of billions of dollars. And the force was stretched thin fighting wars in Southwest Asia that showed little sign of ever ending.
Today, despite a global pandemic that has impeded training and demanded the services of over 40,000 soldiers on the home front, the nation’s oldest military service is a transformed institution. Half of its brigades, 27, are at a high state of readiness and the goal is that two-thirds will be by 2022. Its plan to modernize equipment is progressing steadily. And the Army is gradually extricating itself from what the president has called endless overseas wars.