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Improving financial stability strengthens Army: Financial instability and debt resulting in marital problems, loss of security clearance or even suicide degrade mission readiness.

But there are fixes.

“Soldiers’ top priority is to maintain their deployability,” said Command Sgt. Maj Mike Sutterfield, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s command sergeant major.

Being ready to go to the fight is a Soldier’s top priority. But Soldiers can lose or be denied their security clearance, risk not being promoted and possibly end their careers or lives over finances.

“Relationships at home damaged by finances, preventable suicide and the loss or denial of a Soldier’s clearance take good Soldiers out of the fight. We can’t afford that,” Sutterfield said. “We need every Soldier to support Army readiness and educate themselves on ways to maintain their financial stability.”

Soldiers and their families stuck in debt or mired in financial problems are not alone. Help is available.

“Individual Soldiers and their leaders can step in, identify the problem and get help from the garrison,” Sutterfield said. “We have several tools at our disposal to assist our Soldiers, families, civilians and retirees.”

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Improving financial stability strengthens Army: Financial instability and debt resulting in marital problems, loss of security clearance or even suicide degrade mission readiness.

But there are fixes.

“Soldiers’ top priority is to maintain their deployability,” said Command Sgt. Maj Mike Sutterfield, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s command sergeant major.

Being ready to go to the fight is a Soldier’s top priority. But Soldiers can lose or be denied their security clearance, risk not being promoted and possibly end their careers or lives over finances.

“Relationships at home damaged by finances, preventable suicide and the loss or denial of a Soldier’s clearance take good Soldiers out of the fight. We can’t afford that,” Sutterfield said. “We need every Soldier to support Army readiness and educate themselves on ways to maintain their financial stability.”