All Active-Duty, Most Reserve Components Meet Recruiting Goals
By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2009 All active-duty military components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in June, with the Marine Corps adding the highest percentage of its target to its ranks, Defense Department officials announced today.
Military reserve components, with the exception of the Army National Guard, also met or exceeded their goals.
Data published on the Defense Department Web site shows that the Marine Corps goal was to add 3,655 new Marines, which it exceeded by 14 percent, recruiting a total of 4,155. The Marine Corps Reserve more than doubled its goal of 565, adding more than 1,200 Marines.
The Army National Guard fell short of its mark, recruiting 84 percent of its goal to add 3,209 soldiers.
The Army National Guard has reduced its accession mission as part of its end-strength management program, officials said, and is on track to achieve its year-end goal.
Here is the breakdown of the other components:
-- Active-duty Army: 6,207 accessions with a goal of 6,025, for 103 percent;
-- Active-duty Navy: 3,428 accessions with a goal of 3,428, for 100 percent;
-- Active-duty Air Force: 2,846 accessions with a goal of 2,835, for 100 percent;
-- Army Reserve: 4,091 accessions with a goal of 3,488, for 117 percent;
-- Navy Reserve: 726 accessions with a goal of 726, for 100 percent;
-- Air National Guard: 867 accessions with a goal of 810, for 107 percent; and
-- Air Force Reserve: 836 accessions with a goal of 836 for 100 percent.