WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010 – The military services reported across-the-board active-duty recruiting successes in May, a traditionally slow recruiting month just before high school graduations.
The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all met or exceeded their May accessions goals while achieving year-to-date retention goals, defense officials reported.
Five of the six reserve components also exceeded their May accessions goals. The Army National Guard intentionally slowed recruiting because it already has exceeded its fiscal year-to-date goals, officials said.
Recruiting during May, by service, was as follows:
— Army: 104 percent of its active-duty goal, with 6,296 recruits; Army Reserve, 110 percent of its goal, with 1,957 recruits; and Army National Guard, 87 percent of its goal, with 4,429 recruits.
— Navy: 100 percent of its active-duty goal, with 2,534 recruits; Navy Reserve, 108 percent of its goal, with 468 recruits.
— Air Force: 100 percent of its active-duty goal, with 2,227 recruits; Air National Guard, 115 percent of its goal, with 546 recruits; and Air Force Reserve, 111 percent of its goal, with 774 recruits.
— Marine Corps: 100 percent of its active-duty goal, with 912 recruits; and Marine Corps Reserve, 122 percent of its goal, with 920 recruits.
Defense officials called the May recruiting results particularly encouraging leading up to the traditionally busy summer recruiting season.
U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)