Monday, November 10, 2008

US Military Meets, Exceeds Recruiting Goals for October 2008

News in Balance
The Pentagon

News in Balance:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2008 -- Recruiting successes in fiscal 2008 continued into the first month of the new fiscal year, with all active and reserve components meeting or exceeding their October goals, defense officials reported today.

Recruiting remained solid across the board, with the Army leading the effort by exceeding its active-duty goal by 1 percent, its Army National Guard goal by 16 percent and its Army Reserve goal by 10 percent, officials said. The Army signed on 5,324 active-duty soldiers in October, as well as 6,487 National Guardsmen and 3,049 reservists.

The Marine Corps topped its October active-duty recruiting goal by 4 percent and its Marine Corps Reserve goal by 51 percent, officials reported. The Marines recruited 2,983 new active-duty members and 968 reservists.

The Navy reported a strong recruiting month as well, reaching its goals of 2,930 active-duty sailors and 664 reservists.

The Air Force also met its October goals by signing on 3,336 active-duty airmen and 856 reservists. The Air National Guard exceeded its monthly goal by 20 percent, with 913 recruits.

The October recruiting successes came on the heels of strong fiscal 2008 recruiting successes, with all military services and their reserve components meeting or exceeding their goals.

David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, called 2008 the strongest recruiting year since fiscal 2004.

In addition to attracting numbers, officials emphasized, recruiters brought in quality members. More than 92 percent of recruits hold a high school diploma, contrasted with 75 percent of the general U.S. population in the same age range, officials said.

Nearly 70 percent of new active-duty recruits came from the top half of those in the United States testing highest in math and verbal aptitude, and about three-quarters of new recruits come from neighborhoods that are at or above the U.S. median annual household income of about $50,000.

“[It] is a great tribute to the qualities of America’s youth today, their willingness to step forward, and their willingness to serve,” Chu said. “The fact that we are getting some of the best and brightest in our society is a great tribute to the spirit that young people put into the notion of public service today.”

Active Duty Recruiting.

October Monthly. All services met or exceeded recruiting goals for October.
  • Army: 5,324 accessions with a goal of 5,275, for 101 percent

  • Navy: 2,930 accessions with a goal of 2,930, for 100 percent

  • Marine Corps: 2,983 accessions with a goal of 2,875, for 104 percent

  • Air Force: 3,336 accessions with a goal of 3,336, for 100 percent

Active Duty Retention. All four active components are off to an excellent start, exceeding October retention goals.

Reserve Forces Recruiting.

October Monthly. All six reserve components met or exceeded their accession
goals for the month of October 2008.
  • Army National Guard: 6,487 accessions with a goal of 5,600, 116 percent

  • Army Reserve: 3,049 accessions with a goal of 2,770, 110 percent

  • Navy Reserve: 664 accessions with a goal of 664, 100 percent

  • Marine Corps Reserve: 968 accessions with a goal of 640, 151 percent

  • Air National Guard: 913 accessions with a goal of 758, 120 percent

  • Air Force Reserve: 856 accessions with a goal of 856, 100 percent

Reserve Attrition. Losses in all reserve components are within acceptable

(Report from a stroy by Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service, and a U.S. Defense Department news release.)

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