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Release No: 215-10
March 18, 2010

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for February 2010

                The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for February 2010.
 
 •      Active Component.
 
             Recruiting. Three of the four active services met or exceeded their accession goals for February 2010. The Marine Corps purposefully missed its monthly accession goal to ensure its end strength stays within authorized levels.
 
                    Army - 6,537 accessions with a goal of 6,389; 102 percent
                    Navy - 2,941 accessions with a goal of 2,941; 100 percent
                    Marine Corps - 906 accessions with a goal of 919; 99 percent
                    Air Force - 2,430 accessions with a goal of 2,430; 100 percent
 
             Retention. The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps retained near or above mission goals through the first five months of fiscal 2010. The Air Force missed the retention benchmark of at least 95 percent for Zone A (first term airmen) but made the benchmarks for all other zones.
 
      Reserve Component.
 
             Recruiting. All six reserve components met or exceeded their accession goals for February 2010. 
 
                    Army National Guard - 6,607 accessions with a goal of 4,625; 143 percent
                    Army Reserve - 2,421 accessions with a goal of 2,292; 106 percent
                    Navy Reserve - 454 accessions with a goal of 454; 100 percent
                    Marine Corps Reserve - 738 accessions with a goal of 513; 144 percent
                    Air National Guard - 554 accessions with a goal of 539; 103 percent
                    Air Force Reserve - 735 accessions with a goal of 735; 100 percent
 
             Attrition. Losses in all reserve components are within acceptable limits.
 
                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, 757-322-5652; and Marine Corps Reserve, 504-678-6535.