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Active Components Exceed October Recruiting Goals

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2005 – October was a good month for recruiting, with all active-duty components exceeding their recruiting and retention goals, officials said here today.

This was particularly good news for the Army National Guard. In October, the Army Guard had a goal of 3,970 recruits and accessed 4,050 -- 102 percent of its goal.

October is the first month of the new fiscal year, so the component started off on the right foot, Guard officials said. It was the first time the Guard has made its goal since May.

On the active-duty side, the Army exceeded its goal of 4,700, bringing in 4,925 recruits -- 105 percent of its October goal. The Navy made 101 percent of its goal, with 2,268 recruits and a goal of 2,244.

The Marine Corps also made 102 percent of its goal, with 2,760 recruits and a goal of 2,700. The Air Force made 101 percent of goal, with 2,180 recruits and a goal of 2,161.

On the reserve-component side the Navy Reserve and Air National Guard had disappointing recruiting months. The Navy Reserve missed its recruiting goal of 811, bringing in 724 sailors for 89 percent. The Air National Guard's goal was 1,010, but the component only managed to recruit 588, for 58 percent of goal.

Officials said the Navy Reserve suffered in recruiting prior-service sailors. There are 88,000 sailors in the Navy Reserve and overall numbers are good, officials said.

The Air Guard has asked Congress to increase the number of recruiters and money set aside for advertising.

The other reserve components did well. The Army Reserve hit 103 percent of its goal of 2,133, bringing in 2,198 solders. The Marine Corps Reserve made 101 percent of goal, bringing in 692 Marines and a goal of 688. And the Air Force Reserve made 101 percent of goal, bringing in 700 airmen with a goal of 693.

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