USA — Active-duty Services Report Recruiting Success

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2011 — All four active ser­vices met or exceed­ed their recruit­ing and reten­tion goals for the fis­cal year through Decem­ber, Defense Depart­ment offi­cials announced today.
Addi­tion­al­ly, five of the six reserve com­po­nents have met or exceed­ed their recruit­ing goals so far for the fis­cal year that began Oct. 1.

In the active duty force, the Army made 103 per­cent of its goal, with 14,533 recruits against a tar­get of 14,100. The Navy made 100 per­cent of its goal, with 7,069 recruits. The Marine Corps made 100 per­cent of its goal, with 5,915 recruits against a goal of 5,895. The Air Force also made 100 per­cent of its goal, with 11,692 recruits.

The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force reten­tion rates are at or above the fis­cal year-to-date goals through Decem­ber, offi­cials said.

In the reserve com­po­nents, the Army Nation­al Guard made 109 per­cent of its acces­sion goal, sign­ing up 14,106 recruits against a tar­get of 12,954. The Army Reserve made 111 per­cent of its goal, with 7,639 acces­sions against a tar­get of 6,949. The Navy Reserve met its goal of 1,917 acces­sions.

The Marine Corps Reserve attained 116 per­cent of its goal, with 2,637 acces­sions against a goal of 2,266, and the Air Force Reserve made 101 per­cent of its goal, with 2,354 recruits against a goal of 2,340. The Air Nation­al Guard made 99 per­cent its goal of 1,572, with 1,564 recruits.

Loss­es through attri­tion in all reserve com­po­nents were with­in accept­able lim­its, offi­cials said.

In Novem­ber, Defense Depart­ment offi­cials announced their intent to use fis­cal year-to-date goals rather than month­ly goals to report recruit­ing to offer the pub­lic a more com­pre­hen­sive look at mil­i­tary recruit­ing.

To derive recruit­ing goals, offi­cials con­sid­er the num­ber of ser­vice mem­bers who may choose to stay in or leave each month and then fac­tor in a service’s desired end strength. The ser­vices then adjust their recruit­ing mis­sion to ensure end-strength goals won’t be exceed­ed, an offi­cial explained.

Ser­vices may pur­pose­ly come in under short-term goals to ensure they don’t come in over their autho­rized end strength, the offi­cial not­ed.

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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