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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 062-95
February 09, 1995

MILITARY MANPOWER RECRUITING RESULTS FOR THE ACTIVE COMPONENT FIRSTQUARTER FISCAL YEAR 1995

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, Fred Pang, announced recruiting results for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 1995. Through December, the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force met their recruiting goals. The Army attained 99 percent. With prior service recruits included, the Army met its recruiting objectives for the first quarter.

Recruit quality also remained strong. Through December 1994, 94 percent of recruits were high school diploma graduates (HSDGs), compared to 95 percent for the same period last year. In addition, in both FYs 1994 and 1995, 70 percent scored in the upper half of the enlistment test, the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT categories I through IIIA), while only one percent of new recruits scored in the lowest acceptable category (AFQT category IV).

Demographically, social representation shows diversity in new recruits. Compared to the same period in FY 1994, the proportion of Black recruits increased slightly from 19 to 20 percent. Army led the way with a 26 percent Black accession rate. The proportion of female recruits increased to 18 percent compared to 16 percent for the same period last year -- the Air Force and the Navy accessed the greatest percentage, 23 percent in each Service.

The Services will enlist more new recruits in FY 1995 than in 1994 (190,685 versus 176,105).

Mr. Pang emphasized that recruiting success is vital to the all-volunteer force and to the nation's security.

"Senior officials within the Department of Defense consider recruiting to be a top priority," said Pang. "Although there are more challenges ahead, Defense leadership is committed to work toward ensuring that we attract the right number of quality recruits to maintain military readiness. To do all this will require the continued support of Congress and the American people for adequate recruiting resources." Statistical summaries are attached.

FACT SHEET a/

MILITARY PERSONNEL RECRUITING STATISTICS FOR FIRST QUARTER FY 1995

ACTIVE COMPONENT ENLISTED ACCESSIONS BY SERVICE

Total Number (Thousands)

              FY 1994 thru December                                                    FY 1995 thru December              
                       Non-Prior                     Total           Non-Prior Service                 Total  
                     Service                Prior                                             Prior           
  Service        Male  Female  Total   Servic   Gains        Male  Female  Total   Servic   Gains  
                                         e                                           e             
                                                                                                   
    Army         11.4     2.9  14.3     2.3      16.6         9.4     2.2  11.6     1.1      12.7  
    Navy         10.4     1.5  11.9      *       11.9         9.1     2.6  11.7     0.2      11.9  
Marine Corps      7.4     0.4  7.8       *        7.8         8.0     0.5  8.5       *        8.5  
 Air Force        5.5     1.6  7.2       *        7.2         5.6     1.7  7.3       *        7.3  
DoD Total        34.8     6.4  41.2     2.3      43.4        32.1     7.0  39.1     1.3      40.4  

Recruiting Objectives (Thousands)

              FY 1994 thru December                                                    FY 1995 thru December              
                       Non-Prior                     Total           Non-Prior Service                 Total  
                     Service                Prior                                             Prior           
  Service        Male  Female  Total   Servic   Gains        Male  Female  Total   Servic   Gains  
                                         e                                           e             
                                                                                                   
    Army         11.4     2.2  13.6     2.1      15.6         9.6     2.1  11.7     1.0      12.7  
    Navy         10.4     1.5  11.9      *       11.9          **      **  11.7      *       11.9  
Marine Corps      7.4     0.4  7.7       *        7.7         7.9     0.5  8.4      0.0       8.5  
 Air Force                        7.1    *        7.1                         7.3   0.0       7.3  
                **     **                                  **      **                              
DoD Total                        40.3   2.1      42.4                        39.1   1.2      40.4  
              **       **                                  **      **                              

Percent of Objective

              FY 1994 thru December                                                    FY 1995 thru December              
                       Non-Prior                     Total           Non-Prior Service                 Total  
                     Service                Prior                                             Prior           
  Service        Male  Female  Total   Servic   Gains        Male  Female  Total   Servic   Gains  
                                         e                                           e             
                                                                                                   
    Army        101     133    106      110       106        98       104   99      104       100  
    Navy        100     100    100      100       100        **        **  100      100       100  
Marine Corps    100     102    101      100       101               103              *      101    
                                                           101             101                     
 Air Force      **       **    100      100       100        **      **    100       *      100    
DoD Total       **       **    102     110     102           **    **      100     105     100     

a/ Numbers in all tables may not add due to rounding.

* Less than 100.

** Air Force and Navy recruiting on gender-neutral basis; no longer set recruiting objectives by gender. Cannot compute DoD totals without

Air Force and Navy data.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA GRADUATE (HSDG) ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

              FY 1994 thru December                                                FY 1995 thru December  
     Service         Male       Female       Total          Male       Female       Total      
                                                                                               
      Army           10.7        2.8         13.5            8.6        2.2          10.8      
      Navy            9.8        1.5         11.2            8.1        2.5          10.6      
  Marine Corps        7.1        0.4          7.5            7.5        0.5          8.0       
    Air Force         5.5        1.6          7.1            5.5        1.7          7.2       
DoD Total            33.0        6.3         39.3           29.8        6.8          36.6      

Percentage

              FY 1994 thru December                                                FY 1995 thru December  
     Service         Male     Female        Total          Male       Female        Total     
                                                                                              
      Army            93         97          94             92          100          93       
      Navy            94         99          94             89           95          90       
  Marine Corps        96         99          96             94           99          95       
    Air Force         99         99          99             98           99          98       
DoD Total             95         98          95             93           98          94       

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

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

              FY 1994 thru December                                                FY 1995 thru December  
     Service          Male      Female       Total           Male       Female        Total     
                                                                                                
      Army            11.1        2.9        14.0            9.0         2.2          11.2      
      Navy            10.4        1.5        11.9            9.1         2.6          11.7      
  Marine Corps         7.4        0.4         7.8            8.0         0.5           8.5      
    Air Force          5.5        1.6         7.1            5.6         1.7           7.3      
DoD Total             34.4        6.4        40.8            31.7        7.0          38.7      

Percentage

              FY 1994 thru December                                               FY 1995 thru December  
     Service          Male      Female       Total          Male       Female       Total     
                                                                                              
      Army             97          99          98            96         100           97      
      Navy            100         100         100           100         100          100      
  Marine Corps        100         100         100           100         100          100      
    Air Force          99          99          99           100         100          100      
DoD Total              99       99         99              99       100            99         

AFQT CATEGORY I-IIIA ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

              FY 1994 thru December                                              FY 1995 thru December  
     Service       Male       Female     Total           Male        Female     Total        
                                                                                             
      Army            7.4     2.1        9.4             6.0         1.8        7.8          
      Navy            7.5     1.1        8.6             6.5         1.5        7.9          
  Marine Corps        4.9     0.3        5.3             5.1         0.4        5.5          
    Air Force         4.4     1.2        5.6             4.7         1.3        6.1          
DoD Total            24.2     4.7        28.9            22.4        4.9        27.3         

Percentage

              FY 1994 thru December                                              FY 1995 thru December  
     Service       Male       Female     Total           Male        Female      Total        
                                                                                              
      Army            65      71         66              64          81          67           
      Navy            72      75         72              71          56          68           
  Marine Corps        67      81         68              64          72          65           
    Air Force         80      76         79              84          81          83           
DoD Total             70      74         70              70          71          70           

"HIGH QUALITY" RECRUIT (HSDG/AFQT I-IIIA) ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

                 FY 1994 thru December                                         FY 1995 thru December  
      Service         Male       Female     Total          Male        Female     Total       
                                                                                              
        Army             6.6     2.0        8.6            5.3         1.8        7.0         
        Navy             6.8     1.1        7.9            5.4         1.3        6.8         
    Marine Corps         4.7     0.3        5.0            4.9         0.4        5.2         
     Air Force           4.4     1.2        5.6            4.6         1.3        6.0         
DoD Total               22.5     4.6        27.1           20.2        4.8        25.0        

Percentage

              FY 1994 thru December                                             FY 1995 thru December  
     Service       Male       Female      Total         Male        Female     Total       
                                                                                           
      Army            58      68          60            56          80         60          
      Navy            66      74          67            60          51         58          
  Marine Corps        64      81          65            61          71         61          
    Air Force         79      75          78            82          79         82          
DoD Total             65      72          66            63          68         64          

RACIAL DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE ENLISTED ACCESSIONS 1/

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

              FY 1994 thru December                                             FY 1995 thru December  
   Service     White     Black    Other     Total        White    Black    Other    Total    
                                                                                             
    Army         9.9     3.7      0.8       14.3         7.9      3.0      0.8      11.6     
    Navy         9.4     2.1      0.5       11.9         8.7      2.5      0.6      11.7     
Marine Corps     6.0     1.0      0.8       7.8          6.3      1.2      1.0      8.5      
  Air Force      5.8     1.0      0.3       7.2          5.8      1.1      0.4      7.3      
DoD Total        31.1    7.7      2.3       41.2         28.7     7.7      2.8      39.1     

Percentage

              FY 1994 thru December                                              FY 1995 thru December  
   Service     White     Black    Other    Total          White   Black    Other    Total    
                                                                                             
    Army          69     26        6       100             68     26       7        100      
    Navy          79     17        4       100             74     21       5        100      
Marine Corps      77     13       10       100             75     14       12       100      
  Air Force       82     14        4       100             79     15       6        100      
  DoD Total       76     19        6       100             73     20       7        100      
18-24             71     14       15       100           70       14       16       100      
year-old                                                                                     
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1/ Racial definitions are consistent with Office of Management & Budget (OMB) guidelines. "Other represents Native American,

Asian and Pacific Islanders. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race and are not specifically defined in this table.

GENDER DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE ENLISTED ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)

              FY 1994 thru December                                         FY 1995 thru December  
   Service     Male       Female    Total        Male      Female      Total      
                                                                                  
    Army         11.4     2.9       14.3         9.4       2.2         11.6       
    Navy         10.4     1.5       11.9         9.1       2.6         11.7       
Marine Corps      7.4     0.4        7.8         8.0       0.5         8.5        
  Air Force       5.5     1.6        7.2         5.6       1.7         7.3        
DoD Total        34.8     6.4       41.2         32.1      7.0         39.1       

Percentage

              FY 1994 thru December                                         FY 1995 thru December  
   Service      Male       Female    Total        Male       Female     Total      
                                                                                   
     Army          80      20        100          81         19         100        
     Navy          87      13        100          77         23         100        
 Marine Corps      95       5        100          94         6          100        
  Air Force        77      23        100          77         23         100        
DoD Total          84      16        100          82         18         100