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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 312-95
June 07, 1995

MILITARY PERSONNEL RECRUITING RESULTS FOR THE ACTIVE COMPONENT:FIRST HALFFISCAL YEAR 1995

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy Fred Pang today announced results for military recruiting during the first half of Fiscal Year l995. Through March 1995, the Army, Navy and Marine Corps met their year-to-date recruiting objectives. The Air Force reached 99 percent of its objective. All Services are optimistic they will meet annual recruiting objectives for FY 1995 which ends in September.

Recruit quality also remains strong. Through the first half of both Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995, 94 percent of recruits were high school diploma graduates (HSDGs), 70 percent of recruits scored in the upper half of the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT Categories I-IIIA), while only one percent of new recruits scored in the lowest acceptable category (AFQT Category IV).

New recruit demographics continue to show diversity in social representation. Compared to the same period in FY 1994, the proportion of Black recruits increased slightly from 19 to 20 percent. The Army continues to lead the way with a 25 percent Black accession rate with the Navy showing the largest change: 21 percent up from 17 percent a year ago. Through March 1994 compared to the same period this year, the representation of Hispanic recruits increased from 7 to 9 percent. Department-wide, the proportion of female recruits increased to 19 percent compared to 17 percent for the same period last year. The Air Force had the largest percentage of female recruits (24 percent). Compared to the same period last year, the proportion of female accessions in the Navy has had the largest growth: 14 to 22 percent.

Assistant Secretary Pang emphasized that recruiting success is vital to the all-volunteer force and to the Nation's security. He said, "Our biggest challenge is maintaining the recruit quality that we have worked to achieve in the last few years. To do this will require the continued support of Congress and the American people for adequate recruiting resources."

Statistical summaries are attached.



MILITARY PERSONNEL RECRUITING STATISTICS FIRST HALF -- FY 1995

ACTIVE COMPONENT ENLISTED ACCESSIONS BY SERVICE

Total Numbers (Thousands)

                      Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                               Fiscal Year 1995 thru March                     
                  Non-Prior Service             Prior    Total         Non-Prior Service             Prior    Total   
   Service      Male    Female   Total   Service   Gains       Male    Female   Total   Service   Gains   
                                                                                                          
    Army        26.2     6.5      32.7     5.1      37.8       22.6     5.8      28.4     3.7      32.1   
    Navy        20.5     3.3      23.8      *       23.8       17.4     4.9      22.2     1.0      23.2   
Marine Corps    13.5     0.9      14.4      *       14.4       13.8     1.0      14.8     0.3      15.0   
  Air Force     11.5     3.6      15.1      *       15.1       11.9     3.7      15.7      *       15.7   
DoD             71.7     14.3     86.0     5.1      91.1       65.7     15.4     81.1     5.0      86.0   

Recruiting Objectives (Thousands)

                      Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                               Fiscal Year 1995 thru March                     
                  Non-Prior Service             Prior    Total         Non-Prior Service             Prior    Total   
   Service     Male    Female    Total   Service   Gains       Male    Female   Total   Service   Gains   
                                                                                                          
    Army        26.3     6.1      32.4     5.5      37.9       22.6     5.8      28.4     3.6      32.0   
    Navy        20.5     3.3      23.8      *       23.8        **       **      22.2     1.0      23.2   
Marine Corps    13.4     0.9      14.2      *       14.2       13.8     1.0      14.8      -       14.7   
  Air Force      **       **      15.1      *       15.1        **       **      15.7      -       15.8   
DoD              **       **      85.5   5.5        91.1        **       **      85.5     4.6      85.7   

Percent of Objective

                      Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                               Fiscal Year 1995 thru March                     
                  Non-Prior Service             Prior    Total         Non-Prior Service             Prior    Total   
   Service      Male    Female   Total   Service   Gains       Male    Female   Total   Service   Gains   
                                                                                                          
    Army                 106      101       92                   99     106               103      100    
                99+                                 99+                          99+                      
    Navy        100      100      100      100      100         **       **      100      100      100    
Marine Corps    101      104      101      100      101        100      104      100       -       102    
  Air Force      **       **      100      100      100         **       **                -              
                                                                                 99+               99+    
DoD              **       **      101       92      100         **       **               109      100    
                                                                                 99+                      

a/ Numbers in all tables may not add due to rounding.

* Less than 100.

** Air Force and Navy recruit on gender-neutral basis; no recruiting objectives by gender. Cannot compute DoD totals without Air Force and Navy data.

- Neither the Marine Corps nor Air Force currently set Prior Service objectives.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA GRADUATE (HSDG) ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
                                                                                                           
     Army           25.7          6.4           32.1                 20.9      5.7           26.7          
     Navy           20.1          3.3           23.4                 15.7      4.7           20.4          
 Marine Corps       13.0          0.9           13.9                 12.9      1.0           13.9          
  Air Force         11.4          3.6           15.1                 11.8      3.7           15.5          
DoD                 70.2          14.2      84.4                     61.4      15.1          76.5          

Percentage

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
                                                                                                           
     Army            90            96       92                        93       99            94            
     Navy            94            98       95                        91       96            92            
 Marine Corps        93            98       93                        94       98            94            
  Air Force          99            99       99                        99       99            99            
DoD                  93            98       94                        94       98            94            

ARMED FORCES QUALIFICATION TEST (AFQT) CATEGORY I-III ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
                                                                                                           
     Army           25.1          6.4       31.6                     21.9      5.8           27.7          
     Navy           20.5          3.3       23.8                     17.4      4.9           22.2          
 Marine Corps       13.5          0.9       14.4                     13.8          1.0       14.8          
  Air Force         11.4          3.6       15.1                     11.9          3.7       15.7          
DoD                 70.6          14.3      84.9                     65.0      15.4          80.4          

Percentage

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
                                                                                                           
     Army            96            99       97                        97         99+         98            
     Navy           100           100           100                  100       100           100           
 Marine Corps       100           100           100                  100       100           100           
  Air Force          99+           99+           99+                  99+      100             99+         
DoD                  99            99+      99                        99       100             99+         

AFQT CATEGORY I-IIIA ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male         Female        Total      
                                                                                                           
     Army           17.3          4.3       21.6                     14.9          4.0           18.9      
     Navy           14.6          2.4       17.0                     12.2          2.8           15.0      
 Marine Corps       9.0           0.7       9.7                      8.9           0.7           9.7       
  Air Force         9.2           2.8           12.0                 10.1          3.1           13.2      
DoD                 50.1          10.2      60.3                     46.1      10.6          56.7          

Percentage

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male         Female        Total                 Male      Female        Total         
                                                                                                           
     Army            66            67            66                   66       70            67            
     Navy            72            72            72                   70       57            67            
 Marine Corps        66            78            67                   65       74                 65       
  Air Force          80            78            80                   85       83                 84       
DoD                  70            72       70                        70            69            70       

"HIGH QUALITY" (HSDG/AFQT I-IIIA) ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
                                                                                                           
     Army           14.7          4.1           18.8                 13.2      4.0           17.2          
     Navy           13.4          2.3           15.7                 10.5      2.6           13.1          
 Marine Corps       8.5           0.7           9.2                  8.4       0.7           9.1           
  Air Force         9.1           2.8           11.9                 9.9       3.1           13.0          
DoD                 45.7          9.9       55.6                     42.1      10.3          52.4          

Percentage

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
                                                                                                           
     Army            56            63       58                        59       69            61            
     Navy            66            70       66                        61       53            59            
 Marine Corps        63            78       64                        61       73            61            
  Air Force          79            77            79                   83       82            83            
DoD                  64            69       65                        64       67            65            

RACIAL DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE COMPONENT ENLISTED ACCESSIONS 1/

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                             Fiscal Year 1995 thru March                 
   Service       White    Black     Other     Total             White    Black     Other     Total     
     Army         23.1    7.8         1.8     32.7               19.5    6.9       1.9       28.4      
     Navy         18.7      4.1       1.0     23.8               16.4    4.7       1.2       22.2      
 Marine Corps     11.1      1.8       1.5     14.4               10.3    2.1       2.5       14.8      
  Air Force       12.2      2.2       0.7     15.1               12.3    2.3       1.1       15.7      
DoD               65.1      15.9    5.0       86.0               58.4    16.0      6.7       81.1      

Percentage

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                             Fiscal Year 1995 thru March                 
   Service      White      Black    Other     Total             White    Black     Other     Total     
     Army          71        24        6        100               69     25        7         100       
     Navy          79        17        4        100               73     21        5         100       
 Marine Corps      77        12        11       100               70     14        17          100     
  Air Force        81        14        5        100               78     15        7           100     
     DoD           76        19        6        100               72     20        8           100     
18-24              71        14     15        100                 71     14        15        100       
year-old youth                                                                                         

1/ Racial definitions are consistent with Office of Management & Budget (OMB) guidelines. "Other" represents Native

Americans and Asian and Pacific Islanders. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race and are not defined in

this table.

GENDER DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE COMPONENT ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
     Army           26.2          6.5       32.7                     22.6      5.8               28.4      
     Navy           20.5          3.3       23.8                     17.4      4.9               22.2      
 Marine Corps       13.5          0.9           14.4                 13.8      1.0               14.8      
  Air Force         11.5          3.6           15.1                 11.9      3.7               15.7      
DoD                 71.7          14.3      86.0                     65.7      15.4          81.1          

Percentage

                     Fiscal Year 1994 thru March                          Fiscal Year 1995 thru March              
   Service          Male      Female        Total                    Male      Female        Total         
     Army            80            20       100                       80       20            100           
     Navy            86            14           100                   78       22            100           
 Marine Corps        94            6            100                   93       7             100           
  Air Force          76            24           100                   76       24            100           
DoD                  83            17       100                       81       19            100           

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