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Military branches meet or exceed October recruiting goals

Despite almost two weeks of the government shutdown and budgetary chaos for the Pentagon, October proved to be a top-tier recruiting month.

All four services met or exceeded their recruiting goals. The only cloudy report came from the Army Reserve, which consistently has fallen below goals in recent months.

Here are the numbers from a Pentagon news release:

RECRUITING

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014 through October 2013:

* Army: 4,210 accessions, with a goal of 4,120; 102 percent

* Navy: 2,155 accessions, with a goal of 2,155; 100 percent

* Marine Corps: 2,254 accessions, with a goal of 2,252; 100 percent

* Air Force: 1,770 accessions, with a goal of 1,764; 100 percent

Retention. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the first month of FY 2014.

RESERVE COMPONENT

Recruiting for the first month of FY 2014:

* Army National Guard – 49,299 accessions, with a goal of 49,650; 99 percent

* Army Reserve – 26,191 accessions, with a goal of 29,880; 88 percent

* Navy Reserve – 5,584 accessions, with a goal of 5,504; 101 percent

* Marine Corps Reserve – 8,798 accessions, with a goal of 8,798; 100 percent

* Air National Guard – 10,737 accessions, with a goal of 10,500; 102 percent

* Air Force Reserve – 7,846 accessions, with a goal of 5,817; 135 percent

Attrition: All reserve components met their attrition goals. Current trends are expected to continue

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