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DoD Changes Report Date for Recruiting Data

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2005 – Armed services recruiting information, including that of the reserve components, will now be made available to the public on the 10th day of each month, a Pentagon spokeswoman noted today.

For example, military recruiting data for May will be available on June 10, Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke said.

The change was made to ensure a more consistent release of recruiting information, Krenke said. That wasn't necessarily the case under the previous policy, she said.

In the past, recruiting information usually was made available to the public on the first day of each month, Krenke explained. However, reserve component data sometimes wasn't available until the middle of the month, she said.

"The service personnel chiefs have said that they can have their numbers ready by the 10th of each month, and that's what we're going to do," Krenke said.

She noted the change also provides DoD leaders more time to review recruiting data before it is released.

"Military recruiting is instrumental to our readiness and merits the earliest release of data," Krenke said. However, she noted, "this information must be reasonably scrutinized" by DoD leaders before it's released for public consumption.

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