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All Active-Duty, Reserve Components Make or Exceed July Recruiting Goals

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2008 –  All 10 military components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in July, with the Marine Corps leading the active-duty components and the Air National Guard on top of other reserve components.

In terms of recruiting percentages, the Marine Corps bested all active-duty components, attaining 117 percent of its goal. Meanwhile, the Army and Air Force made 101 percent, and the Navy added 100 percent of its target number, according to information provided today by Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

Data published on the Defense Department Web site shows that the Marine Corps goal was 4,094, but the service recruited 4,783. The Army sought 10,000 new soldiers and added 10,141. The Air Force wanted at least 2,541 more airmen and got 2,555, while the Navy recruited exactly 4,200 sailors.

“All six reserve components either met or exceeded their accession goals for July also,” Whitman added.

The breakdown of those components is as follows:

-- Army National Guard: 101 percent -- 5,467 accessions, 5,436 goal;

-- Army Reserve: 102 percent -- 2,971 accessions, 2,906 goal;

-- Navy Reserve: 100 percent -- 551 accessions and goal;

-- Marine Corps Reserve: 100 percent -- 819 accessions and goal;

-- Air National Guard: 129 percent -- 936 accessions, 725 goal; and

-- Air Force Reserve: 100 percent -- 695 accessions and goal.

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