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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 348-97
July 01, 1997

MILITARY PERSONNEL RECRUITING RESULTS FOR THE ACTIVE COMPONENT FIRST HALF FISCAL YEAR 1997

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, Fred Pang, announced recruiting results for the first half of Fiscal Year 1997. Through March 1997, the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force met their non-prior service (NPS) recruiting goals; the Army achieved 91 percent of its goal. Although the Army missed its March recruiting objective, we expect all Services will meet year-end recruiting objectives. Thus far, the Services have 86 percent of their annual recruiting goal of 207,284 recruits in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) or shipped.

Recruit quality remains strong. Through March 1997, 92 percent of recruits were high school diploma graduates (HSDGs), and 70 percent of recruits scored in the upper half of the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT Categories I-IIIA), while only two percent of new recruits scored in the lowest acceptable category (AFQT Category IV). DoD-wide, these proportions are down two percentage points for HSDGs, up one percentage point for Category I-IIIAs, and up one percentage point for AFQT Category IV.

Although the Army shows a slight fluctuation in NPS recruit quality, with HSDGs at 87 percent, down from 93 percent; and Category IV recruits at 4 percent, up from 2 percent last year, its NPS recruits in Categories I-IIIA increased from 66 to 69 percent. Army NPS [DEP + accession] quality is above DoD benchmarks: 91 percent HSDGs and 69 percent scoring above average on the enlistment test. The quality of Army entrants with prior service is high: 96 percent HSDGs, 71 percent I-IIIAs, and only 1.4 percent scoring in AFQT Category IV. The Army anticipates meeting its end-strength through a combination of recruiting and other personnel actions such as increased retention and lowered attrition.

New recruit demographics continue to show diversity in social representation. Compared to the same period in FY 1996, the proportion of Black recruits remains at 20 percent. Representation of Hispanic recruits is strong (10 percent). The representation of Other minorities (e.g., American Indians, Asian-Pacific Islanders) increased from 5 to 6 percent. Department-wide, the proportion of female recruits remains steady (18 percent) -- the Air Force accessed the greatest percentage (29 percent). Compared to last March, the proportion of female accessions in the Navy decreased the most (16 to 13 percent).


Mr. Pang emphasized that recruiting success is vital to the all-volunteer force and to the Nation's security. "We are committed to adequate investments in recruiting and advertising to ensure that the pool of young men and women interested in the military will be sufficient to meet Service personnel requirements in the future."


Statistical summaries are attached.

FACT SHEET

MILITARY PERSONNEL RECRUITING STATISTICS FIRST HALF -- FY 1997

ACTIVE COMPONENT ENLISTED ACCESSIONS BY SERVICE

Total Numbers (Thousands)

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Non-Prior Service Prior Total Non-Prior Service Prior Total
Service Male Female Total Service Gains Male Female Total Service Gains
Army 25.3 6.6 31.9 1.7 33.5 24.6 6.9 31.5 3.5 35.0
Navy 19.1 3.6 22.7 1.4 24.1 19.2 2.9 22.1 0.6 22.7
Marine Corps 13.1 1.1 14.3 - 14.4 13.8 1.2 15.0 0.2 15.2
Air Force 10.6 3.7 14.2 * 14.3 10.2 4.1 14.3 * 14.3
DoD 68.0 15.0 83.0 3.3 86.4 67.8 15.1 82.9 4.3 87.3

Recruiting Objectives (Thousands)

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Non-Prior Service Prior Total Non-Prior Service Prior Total
Service Male Female Total Service Gains Male Female Total Service Gains
Army 25.6 6.0 31.7 1.8 33.4 27.0 7.6 34.6 3.5 38.1
Navy 19.1 3.6 22.7 1.4 24.1 19.2 2.9 22.1 0.6 22.7
Marine Corps 13.0 1.1 14.1 * 14.2 13.7 1.2 14.9 0.2 15.0
Air Force ** ** 14.2 - 14.2 ** ** 14.4 - 14.4
DoD ** ** 82.6 3.3 85.9 ** ** 85.9 4.3 85.9

Percent of Objective

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Non-Prior Service Prior Total Non-Prior Service Prior Total
Service Male Female Total Service Gains Male Female Total Service Gains
Army 99 110 101 96 100 91 92 91 100 92
Navy 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Marine Corps 101 104 101 100 101 101 103 101 - 101
Air Force ** ** 101 - 101 ** ** 100 - 100
DoD ** ** 101 101 101 ** ** 97 100 97
  • a/ Numbers in all tables may not add due to rounding.
  • * Less than 100.
  • ** Air Force recruits on gender-neutral basis; no recruiting objectives by gender. Cannot compute DoD totals without Air Force data.
  • Neither the Marine Corps nor Air Force currently set annual Prior Service objectives.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA GRADUATE (HSDG) ACCESSIONS (Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 25.3 6.6 31.8 21.0 6.4 27.4
Navy 18.4 3.6 22.0 17.4 2.8 20.2
Marine Corps 12.9 1.1 14.1 13.0 1.2 14.2
Air Force 10.5 3.7 14.2 10.1 4.1 14.2
DoD 67.2 14.9 82.1 61.5 14.5 76.0

Percentage

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 92 97 93 85 93 87
Navy 92 96 92 91 99 92
Marine Corps 95 98 95 94 98 95
Air Force 99 99 99 99 99 99
DoD 94 98 94 91 96 92

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

Total Number (Thousands)

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 24.6 6.5 31.1 23.5 6.9 30.4
Navy 19.1 3.6 22.7 19.2 2.9 22.1
Marine Corps 13.1 1.0 14.1 13.7 1.2 14.9
Air Force 10.5 3.7 14.2 10.2 4.1 14.3
DoD 67.3 14.9 82.1 66.6 15.1 81.7

Percentage

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 97 99 98 105 114 107
Navy 100 100 100 100 100 100
Marine Corps 100 100 100 100 100 100
Air Force 99 100 99 100 100 100
DoD 99 99 99 102 107 103

AFQT CATEGORY I-IIIA ACCESSIONS (Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 16.6 4.3 20.9 16.4 5.2 21.7
Navy 12.9 2.1 15.1 13.1 2.0 15.2
Marine Corps 8.5 0.8 9.2 8.6 0.9 9.5
Air Force 8.8 3.0 11.8 8.2 3.1 11.3
DoD 46.9 10.1 57.0 46.4 11.2 57.6

Percentage

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 66 65 66 67 76 69
Navy 68 59 67 69 72 69
Marine Corps 64 68 65 63 71 63
Air Force 84 80 83 80 75 79
DoD 69 68 69 68 74 70

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

Total Number (Thousands)

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 14.7 4.1 18.8 12.7 4.7 17.4
Navy 11.3 2.0 13.3 11.4 2.0 13.4
Marine Corps 8.0 0.7 8.7 8.1 0.8 8.9
Air Force 8.7 2.9 11.6 8.1 3.0 11.1
DoD 42.7 9.8 52.5 40.3 10.6 50.9

Percentage

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 58 62 59 52 68 55
Navy 60 55 59 59 71 61
Marine Corps 61 67 61 59 69 60
Air Force 82 80 82 79 74 78
DoD 63 65 63 59 70 61

RACIAL DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE ENLISTED ACCESSIONS 1/ (Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

FY 1996 FY 1997
Service White Black Hispanic Other Total White Black Hispanic Other Total
Army 19.9 7.8 2.8 1.3 31.9 19.4 7.5 3.0 1.6 31.5
Navy 13.8 4.3 3.0 1.5 22.7 13.1 4.1 3.0 1.9 22.1
Marine Corps 9.9 1.9 1.8 0.6 14.3 10.3 2.1 1.8 0.8 15.0
Air Force 10.6 2.2 0.9 0.6 14.2 10.2 2.5 0.7 0.9 14.3
DoD Total 54.2 16.2 8.6 4.0 83.0 53.0 16.2 8.5 5.2 82.9

Percentage

FY 1996 FY 1997
Service White Black Hispanic Other Total White Black Hispanic Other Total
Army 63 24 9 4 100 62 24 10 5 100
Navy 61 19 13 7 100 59 19 14 9 100
Marine Corps 70 13 13 4 100 69 14 12 5 100
Air Force 74 16 6 4 100 71 17 5 7 100
DoD Total 65 20 10 5 100 64 20 10 6 100
18-24 year-
old youth
67 14 14 5 100 66 14 15 5 100

1/ Racial definitions are consistent with Office of Management & Budget (OMB) guidelines. "Other represents Native American, Asian and Pacific Islanders.

GENDER DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE COMPONENT ACCESSIONS (Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

Fiscal Year 1996 thru March Fiscal Year 1997 thru March
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 25.3 6.6 31.9 24.6 6.9 31.5
Navy 19.1 3.6 22.7 19.2 2.9 22.1
Marine Corps 13.1 1.1 14.3 13.8 1.2 15.0
Air Force 10.6 3.7 14.2 10.2 4.1 14.3
DoD 68.0 15.0 83.0 67.8 15.1 82.9

Percentage

  • Fiscal Year 1996 thru MarchFiscal Year 1997 thru March
  • ServiceMaleFemaleTotal MaleFemaleTotal
  • Army79211007822100
  • Navy84161008713100
  • Marine Corps928100928100
  • Air Force74261007129100
  • DoD82181008218100