Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced Friday that the United States will invest $50 million over the next three years to train and equip troops in the U.S. Army National Guard, the first significant funding infusion for the service since the start of the fiscal year.
Mattis also ordered $500 million in funding to support Army units and units of the Marine Corps.
The Pentagon has been struggling to keep up with a growing military and civilian workforce that has seen millions of people move into the military in recent years.
Trump’s proposed budget would cut $8.5 billion from the military budget, which would amount to a 25 percent cut.
Trump is expected to announce the spending Friday afternoon at a meeting of the U:S.
Conference of Mayors in Chicago.
Trump has also announced the creation of the Trump-allied Council on Environmental Quality, which is tasked with helping the president to cut carbon emissions and improve environmental protections.
The Council, which has received $25 million in federal grants, has a mandate to help Trump fulfill his campaign promise to bring back coal mining.
“This is a great day for the American people and a great start for our economy,” Trump said.
Mattis, the head of the Pentagon, said that Trump has already directed that the Pentagon be fully funded to meet the military needs of the next 10 years.
The Department of Defense was recently awarded $100 billion to fund the warfighting, military construction, homeland security and infrastructure projects that have become Trump’s signature priorities.
Mattis said that this $50-million grant will fund training for more than 3,000 National Guard units.
“We’re committed to continuing to build the best force the military has ever known,” Mattis said.
The $50,000 grant would also provide a training aid to the Army National Guardsmen, and will help train them to handle the challenges of the new era of digital warfare, Mattis said in a statement.
“The National Guard is ready to work with the Department of Homeland Security and our military leaders to address this growing challenge,” he added.