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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 084-96
February 14, 1996

MILITARY PERSONNEL RECRUITING RESULTS FOR THE ACTIVE COMPONENT FIRST QUARTER FISCAL YEAR 1996

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, Fred Pang, announced recruiting results for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 1996. Through December 1995, the Marine Corps and Air Force met their recruiting goals. The Army and Navy attained 99 and 97 percent of their goals, respectively. Historically, the Services encounter some problems during the first quarter because of the holiday season. This year the November Government shutdown also may have had an effect. The Services will enlist more new recruits in FY 1996 than in 1995 (189,482 versus 175,783).

Recruit quality remained strong. Through December, 94 percent of recruits were high school diploma graduates (HSDGs), the same as for this period last year. The percent of new recruits who scored in the top-half of the enlistment test, the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT Categories I through IIIA) dropped slightly to 67 percent from 70 percent for this time last year. 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 1995, the proportion of Black recruits increased slightly from 20 to 21 percent. Army led the way with 26 percent, while the Navy had a 23 percent, Black accession rate. The proportion of female recruits dropped to 17 percent compared with 18 percent for the same period last year -- the Air Force and Army accessed the greatest percentage (25 and 19 percent, respectively).

Pang emphasized that recruiting success is vital to the all-volunteer force and to the nation's security. "Over the past several years the Department has closely monitored recruit quantity, quality, and social diversity. Enlistment propensity declined as the Services experienced serious cuts in recruiting resources. In 1994-95, recruitment advertising was increased, and the 1995 Youth Attitude Tracking Study indicates that the decline in propensity may have abated. Continued investment in recruiting and advertising resources is required, however, to assure that the pool of young men and women interested in the military will be available to meet Service personnel requirements in the future."

Statistical summaries are attached.


Military Personnel Recruiting Statistics for First Quarter FY 1996

ACTIVE COMPONENT ENLISTED ACCESSIONS BY SERVICE

Total Number (Thousands)
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Non-Prior Service Prior Total Non-Prior Service Prior Total
Service Male Female Total Service Gains Male Female Total Service Gains
Army 9.4 2.2 11.6 1.1 12.7 9.3 2.2 11.5 0.7 12.2
Navy 9.1 2.6 11.7 0.2 11.9 9.7 1.9 11.6 0.7 12.3
Marine Corps 8 0.5 8.5 * 8.5 7.2 0.6 7.7 * 7.8
Air Force 5.6 1.7 7.3 * 7.3 5.1 1.7 6.8 * 6.9
DoD Total 32.1 7 39.1 1.3 40.4 31.3 6.3 37.7 1.4 39.1

Recruiting Objectives (Thousands)
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Non-Prior Service Prior Total Non-Prior Service Prior Total
Service Male Female Total Service Gains Male Female Total Service Gains
Army 9.6 2.1 11.7 1 12.7 9.6 2.1 11.7 0.7 12.3
Navy ** ** 11.7 * 11.9 ** ** 12 0.7 12.7
Marine Corps 7.9 0.5 8.4 0 8.5 7 0.5 7.5 0 7.5
Air Force ** ** 7.3 0 7.3 ** ** 6.8 0 6.8
DoD Total ** ** 39.1 1.2 40.4 ** ** 39.1 1.3 39.3

Percent of Objective
  FY 1995 thru December         FY 1996 thru December          
  Non-Prior Service     Prior Total   Non-Prior Service     Prior Total
Service Male Female Total Service Gains   Male Female Total Service Gains
                       
Army 98 104 99 104 100   98 104 99 103 99
Navy ** ** 100 100 100   ** ** 97 100 97
Marine Corps 101 103 101 * 101   103 108 103 * 104
Air Force ** ** 100 * 100   ** ** 100 * 101
DoD Total ** ** 100 105 100   ** ** 99 108 99
                       

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA GRADUATE (HSDG) ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)
  FY 1995 thru December         FY 1996 thru December  
               
Service Male Female Total   Male Female Total
               
Army 8.6 2.2 10.8   9.3 2.2 11.5
Navy 8.1 2.5 10.6   9.4 1.9 11.3
Marine Corps 7.5 0.5 8   7 0.6 7.6
Air Force 5.5 1.7 7.2   5.1 1.7 6.8
DoD Total 29.8 6.8 36.6   30.9 6.3 37.2
               

Percentage
  FY 1995 thru December         FY 1996 thru December  
               
Service Male Female Total   Male Female Total
               
Army 92 100 93   93 97 94
Navy 89 95 90   91 96 92
Marine Corps 94 99 95   95 98 95
Air Force 98 99 98   99 100 99
DoD Total 93 98 94   94 98 94

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

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 9 2.2 11.2 9 2.2 11.2
Navy 9.1 2.6 11.7 9.7 1.9 11.6
Marine Corps 8 0.5 8.5 7.1 0.6 7.7
Air Force 5.6 1.7 7.3 5.1 1.7 6.8
DoD Total 31.7 7 38.7 31 6.3 37.3

Percentage
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 96 100 97 97 99 97
Navy 100 100 100 100 100 100
Marine Corps 100 100 100 100 100 100
Air Force 100 100 100 100 100 100
DoD Total 99 100 99 99 100 99

AFQT CATEGORY I-IIIA ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 6 1.8 7.8 5.9 1.4 7.3
Navy 6.5 1.5 7.9 6.4 1 7.4
Marine Corps 5.1 0.4 5.5 4.6 0.4 5
Air Force 4.7 1.3 6.1 4.2 1.3 5.6
DoD Total 22.4 4.9 27.3 21.1 4.1 25.2

Percentage
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 64 81 67 63 66 63
Navy 71 56 68 66 51 64
Marine Corps 64 72 65 64 67 64
Air Force 84 81 83 83 79 82
DoD Total 70 71 70 67 65 67

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

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 5.3 1.8 7 5.2 1.4 6.6
Navy 5.4 1.3 6.8 5.6 0.9 6.5
Marine Corps 4.9 0.4 5.2 4.3 0.4 4.7
Air Force 4.6 1.3 6 4.2 1.3 5.5
DoD Total 20.2 4.8 25 19.2 4 23.2

Percentage
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 56 80 60 56 63 57
Navy 60 51 58 57 48 56
Marine Corps 61 71 61 60 66 60
Air Force 82 79 82 82 78 81
DoD Total 63 68 64 61 63 62

RACIAL DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE ENLISTED ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service White Black Other Total White Black Other Total
Army 7.9 3 0.8 11.6 7.7 2.9 0.9 11.5
Navy 8.7 2.5 0.6 11.7 8.3 2.6 0.7 11.6
Marine Corps 6.3 1.2 1 8.5 5.3 1.1 1.3 7.7
Air Force 5.8 1.1 0.4 7.3 5.1 1.1 0.5 6.8
DoD Total 28.7 7.7 2.8 39.1 26.4 7.8 3.5 37.7

Percentage
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service White Black Other Total White Black Other Total
Army 68 26 7 100 67 26 8 100
Navy 74 21 5 100 71 23 6 100
Marine Corps 75 14 12 100 69 14 17 100
Air Force 79 15 6 100 76 17 8 100
DoD Total 73 20 7 100 70 21 9 100
18-24 year-old youth 70 14 16 100 70 14 16 100

GENDER DISTRIBUTION OF ACTIVE ENLISTED ACCESSIONS

(Non-Prior Service)

Total Number (Thousands)
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 9.4 2.2 11.6 9.3 2.2 11.5
Navy 9.1 2.6 11.7 9.7 1.9 11.6
Marine Corps 8 0.5 8.5 7.2 0.6 7.7
Air Force 5.6 1.7 7.3 5.1 1.7 6.8
DoD Total 32.1 7 39.1 31.3 6.3 37.7

Percentage
FY 1995 thru December FY 1996 thru December
Service Male Female Total Male Female Total
Army 81 19 100 81 19 100
Navy 77 23 100 84 16 100
Marine Corps 94 6 100 93 7 100
Air Force 77 23 100 75 25 100
DoD Total 82 18 100 83 17 100

Marine Corps 50 54 52 55 65 68 68 67 66 69 71 68 71 66 64 68
Air Force 61 68 71 69 71 77 84 84 85 86 86 80 81 84 82 82

High Quality (HSDG / I-IIIA)
DoD 45 52 53 56 57 60 61 58 64 72 74 67 68 67 62 65
Army 39 45 47 52 54 58 52 55 62 78 78 66 66 65 57 63
Navy 45 54 54 51 48 52 52 48 55 62 66 64 63 61 56 57
Marine Corps 43 48 49 53 65 66 61 63 62 67 70 66 68 63 60 65
Air Force 56 66 70 69 71 76 82 82 85 85 85 79 80 83 81 81

AFQT Category IV
DoD 15 11 10 7 4 5 5 6 3 0.5 0.2 0.8 0.7 0.6 1 2.6
Army 22 15 13 9 4 4 5 7 2 0.9 0.4 2.2 1.9 1.7 2.9 2.9
Navy 12 10 11 10 9 10 10 11 7 0.4 0 0 0 0 0 4.7
Marine Corps 12 9 7 4 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.3 0.2
Air Force 8 3 2 0.9 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

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