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The Department of Defense has announced its recruiting and retention statistics by the active and reserve components for the FY 2006 recruiting year.

Active duty recruiting. All services have met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal 2006.

Active duty retention. Overall, the active duty services exceeded retention goals across the board. The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps exceeded fiscal 2006 retention goals in every category. The Navy retained in high numbers at the outset of the year, but a focus on physical fitness test performance led to an increase in disqualification among first-term sailors.

Reserve forces recruiting. Two of six Reserve components met or exceeded their accession goals for fiscal 2006, while two other Reserve components, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard were close to making their end of year goals.Although the Army Reserve fell short of its annual accession goal, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command achieved 99+percent of its annual recruiting goal.

Reserve forces retention. Losses in all Reserve components were within acceptable limits. However, enlisted attrition through August 2006 is higher than the same period reported last year, but lower than the same period in the base year of fiscal 2000. The U.S. Naval Reserve presents a concern with its increasing attrition rates. We expect September 2006 to continue the current trend. (Note: This indicator lags by one month.)

Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is not included under the DOD statistics below (because the Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security), but the Coast Guard met its active duty recruiting goal for FY 2006, recruiting 3,992 enlisted members out of a goal of 3,950 (101%). However, the Coast Guard fell short of their Reserve goals, recruiting only 924 out of a goal of 1,390 (66%).

Fiscal 2006 Enlisted Recruiting from October 1, 2005 - September 30, 2006:

Recruiting Statistics

Componant Accessions Goal Percent
80,000 101
36,656 100
Marine Corps
32,337 32,301 100
Air Force
30,750 100
Army National Guard 69,042 70,000 99
Army Reserve
34,379 36,032 95
Navy Reserve
9,722 11,180 87
Marine Corps Reserve
8,056 8,024 100
Air National Guard
9,138 9,380
Air Force Reserve 6,989 6,607 106


wasmachstdugern said...

good response. i was under the impression that the army makes their recruitment goals, but it is generally requiring much more EFFORT on recruiters' parts because of the negative sentiment surrounding the war. many mothers are trying to keep their kids away from the war as well, and even soldiers are doing their part to keep people from volunteering by starting blogs (anonymously of course since this is technically against the rules) describing the low morale and belief in the american causes in iraq. couple this w/the fact that there are so many crimes being carried out amongst soldiers (rape comes immediately to mind) and it is easy to see why it would take so much energy just to get that recruit.

even if they ARE making their recruiting goals, i don't think it's quite the same game as it was even five years ago, when war sentiment was high and bush was popular.

Jon said...

regardless, the military is a great place for some people, and many realize it. Granted, it does take a bit of bravery to join in these days, but I think it speaks volumes to the commitment level of newly enlisted men and women.

Isn't there a fair amount of soldiers who DO support the war?

Paulos said...

I don't know anyone who is a soldier that doesn't support the war.

Jon said...

good point

God's Gift of Authenticity said...

My brother is a soldier...he doesn't support the war.