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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 882-06
September 08, 2006

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for August

The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of August.

• Active duty recruiting. All services met or exceeded their recruiting goals in August.

 
Accessions
Goal
Percent
Army
10,492
10,050
104
Navy
4,090
4,090
100
Marine Corps
4,320
4,053
107
Air Force
3,167
3,156
100


• Active duty recruiting from Oct. 1, 2005 to August 31, 2006.

 
Accessions
Goal
Percent
Army
72,973
70,200
104
Navy
32,589
28,499
100
Marine Corps
28,620
28,353
101
Air Force
28,256
28,124
100

• Active duty retention. All services are projected to meet their retention goals for the current fiscal year.

• Reserve forces recruiting. Four of the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in August.

 
Accessions
Goal
Percent
Army National Guard
6,527
6,518
100
Army Reserve
2,433
3,954
62
Navy Reserve
1,087
1,027
106
Marine Corps Reserve
845
838
101
Air National Guard
1,010
792
128
Air Force Reserve
848
849
99


• Reserve forces recruiting from Oct. 1, 2005 to August 31, 2006.

 
Accessions
Goal
Percent
Army National Guard
63,025
63,240
99
Army Reserve
31,301
33,124
94
Navy Reserve
8,811
10,276
86
Marine Corps Reserve
7,886
7,799
101
Air National Guard
8,207
8,518
96
Air Force Reserve
6,803
6,606
103


• Reserve forces retention. For August, Army National Guard retention was above 119 percent of the cumulative goal of 31,599, and Air National Guard retention was 110 percent of its cumulative goal of 9,236. Both the Army and Air Guard are currently at 98 and 99 percent of their end strength, respectively. Losses in all reserve components for July are well within acceptable limits. The Navy Reserve presents a concern with its increasing attrition rates. Indications are that these trends will continue into August.

To view a fact sheet on who is volunteering for the military, click here.

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) 784-9455 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 (404) 464-8490; Air Force Reserve (703) 697-1761; Navy Reserve (504) 678-1240; and Marine Corps Reserve (504) 678-6535.

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