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All Military Services Meet or Exceed December Recruiting Goals

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2009 – December was a recruiting success for all active-duty and reserve-component U.S. military services, which all met or exceeded their goals, according to a Defense Department news release issued today.

-- The Army signed 860 new active-duty soldiers, 115 percent of its target number of 750 enlistees.

-- The Navy signed 2,306 new active-duty sailors, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

-- The Marine Corps signed 2,392 new active-duty Marines, 113 percent of its target number of 2,116 enlistees.

-- The Air Force signed 2,967 new active-duty airmen, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

“All services continue to meet or exceed their active-duty recruiting goals, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our recruiters, and those who continue to step up and serve,” Eileen Lainez, a Defense Department spokeswoman, said. “It speaks volumes for the dedication and loyalty of our nation and its volunteers.’

In addition, the active Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force all exceeded December retention goals.

All six Guard and Reserve forces also met or exceeded their December recruiting goals.

-- The Army National Guard signed 6,607 new soldiers, 143 percent of its target of 4,625 enlistees.

-- The Army Reserve signed 3,335 new soldiers, 112 percent of its goal of 2,973 enlistees.

-- The Navy Reserve signed 538 new sailors, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

-- The Marine Corps Reserve signed 582 new Marines, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

-- The Air National Guard signed 803 new Air Guardsmen, 111 percent of its target number of enlistees.

-- The Air Force Reserve signed 701 new airmen, 102 percent of its target number of enlistees.

December attrition losses in all reserve components were within acceptable limits, officials said.

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