Active-duty Services Report Recruiting Success
By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service
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.