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WASHINGTON — All four services met their recruiting goals for August, with the Army bettering its target by more than 500 recruits, defense officials announced Monday.

The Army brought in 10,126 new recruits last month, more than five percent above their goal. In May and June the Army missed active-duty recruiting goals, the first time officials had fallen short in consecutive months since 2005.

But officials said late summer is traditionally the strongest recruiting time for the services, as high school students begin making long-term plans about college and careers.

August is the second consecutive month the Army exceeded its target, putting the service about 8,000 behind its fiscal year goal of 80,000 new recruits. The fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

Pentagon officials also said that retention among all four services remains strong, and all four are expected to make their retention goals by year’s end.

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