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Release No: 139-13
March 12, 2013

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2013, Through January 2013

            The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2013, through January.

Active Component.

             Recruiting.  All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2013, through October. 

  • Army – 20,273 accessions, with a goal of 20,175; 100 percent
  • Navy – 10,990 accessions, with a goal of 10,990; 100 percent
  • Marine Corps – 9,244 accessions, with a goal of 9,230; 100 percent
  • Air Force – 9,589 accessions, with a goal of 9,589; 100 percent

            Retention.  The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the fourth month of fiscal 2013.  The Navy exhibited strong retention numbers in the mid-career and career categories. However, the Navy’s achievement of 86 percent in the initial category is a result of the transition from a downsizing to a stabilizing posture.

Reserve Component.

            Recruiting.  Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal-year-to-date 2013 numerical accession goals.  The Army Reserve finished January 1,034 accessions short of its goal.

  • Army National Guard – 17,100 accessions, with a goal of 16,314; 105 percent
  • Army Reserve – 8,518 accessions, with a goal of 9,552; 89 percent
  • Navy Reserve – 1,787 accessions, with a goal of 1,787; 100 percent
  • Marine Corps Reserve – 3,270 accessions, with a goal of 2,995; 109 percent
  • Air National Guard – 3,063 accessions, with a goal of 3,063; 100 percent
  • Air Force Reserve – 2,513 accessions, with a goal of 2,513; 100 percent

            Attrition – All Reserve Components have met their attrition goals.  Current trends are expected to continue.  (This indicator lags by one month due to data availability.)

            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 901-874-9048 for Navy.  The reserve components can be reached at the following numbers:  National Guard Bureau 703-607-2586; Army Reserve 910-570-8330; Air Force Reserve 703-697-1761; Navy Reserve 757-322-5652; and Marine Corps Reserve 504-678-6535.

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