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Release No: 1009-06
October 10, 2006

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for FY 2006


         The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and Reserve components for fiscal 2006.  
 
·        Active Duty Recruiting Fiscal 2006. All services have met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal 2006. 
 
 
Accessions
Goal
Percent
Army
80,635
80,000
101
Navy
36,679
36,656
100
Marine Corps
32,337
32,301
100
Air Force
30,889
30,750
100
 
 
·        Active Duty Retention. Overall, we exceeded retention goals across the board. The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps exceeded fiscal 2006 retention goals in every category. The Navy retained in high numbers at the outset of the year, but a focus on physical fitness test performance led to an increase in disqualification among first-term sailors.
 
·        Reserve Forces Accessions Fiscal 2006. Two of six Reserve components met or exceeded their accession goals for fiscal 2006, while two other Reserve components, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard were close to making their end of year goals. Although the Army Reserve fell short of its annual accession goal, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command achieved 99+percent of its annual recruiting goal.
 
  
 
QUANTITY - YTD
Accessions
Goal
Percent
Army National Guard
69,042
70,000
99
Army Reserve
34,379
36,032
95
Navy Reserve
9,722
11,180
87
Marine Corps Reserve
8,056
8,024
100
Air National Guard
9,138
9,380
97
Air Force Reserve
6,989
6,607
106
 
 
·        Reserve Attrition.  Losses in all Reserve components were within acceptable limits. However, enlisted attrition through August 2006 is higher than the same period reported last year, but lower than the same period in the base year of fiscal 2000. The U.S. Naval Reserve presents a concern with its increasing attrition rates. We expect September 2006 to continue the current trend. (Note: This indicator lags by one month.)
 
Component
Fiscal 2006 Target (Ceiling)
Fiscal 2000 YTD AUG 00
Fiscal 2005 YTD AUG 05
Fiscal 2006  YTD AUG 06
Army National Guard
19.5
16.73
18.72
17.44
Army Reserve
28.6
26.69
21.29
19.67
Navy Reserve
36.0
25.25
28.79
30.38
Marine Corps Reserve
30.0
26.74
20.18
23.49
Air National Guard
12.0
10.32
9.35
9.94
Air Force Reserve
18.0
13.34
13.35
13.66
DOD
NA
19.21
18.58
18.00
 
·        Detailed information on specific recruiting data can be obtained by contacting the individual military recruiting commands at (502) 626-0164 for Army, (210) 565-4678 for Air Force, (703) 784-9454 for Marine Corps and (901) 874-9049 for Navy.  The Reserve components can be reached at the following numbers: National Guard Bureau (703) 607-2586; Army Reserve (404) 464-8490; Air Force Reserve (703) 697-1761; Navy Reserve (504) 678-6055; and Marine Corps Reserve (504) 678-6535.