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Recruiting Remains Strong Through First Half of Fiscal Year

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 – All four active services and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through March, Pentagon officials reported today.

The end of March marked the fiscal year’s halfway point.

Here are the active-force accessions for the first six months of the fiscal year:

-- Army: 33,857 accessions, 101 percent of its goal of 33,520;

-- Navy: 17,350 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 17,350;

-- Marine Corps: 13,010 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 12,978; and

-- Air Force: 13,989 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 13,989.

The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the sixth month of fiscal 2013, officials said. The Navy exhibited strong retention numbers in the mid-career and career categories, and its achievement of 90 percent in the initial category is a result of reduced accessions from four to six years ago, officials explained.

The Army Reserve finished March 1,501 accessions short of its goal for the first half of the fiscal year. Here are the reserve component accession numbers:

-- Army National Guard: 26,100 accessions, 104 percent of its goal of 25,005;

-- Army Reserve: 12,976 accessions, 90 percent of its goal of 14,477;

-- Navy Reserve: 2,700 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 2,700;

-- Marine Corps Reserve: 4,518 accessions, 101 percent of its goal of 4,472;

-- Air National Guard: 4,875 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 4,875; and

-- Air Force Reserve: 3,685 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 3,685.

All reserve components have met their attrition goals, officials said, and current trends are expected to continue. The latest available reserve component attrition data is through February.

 

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