All branches of service met November active-duty recruiting goals
ARLINGTON, Va. — All branches of the service exceeded their active-duty recruiting goals for November, but some reserve components fell short for the month, the Defense Department reported Monday.
The Defense Department released recruiting figures for November that show:
The Army reached 105 percent of its recruiting goal with 5,856 recruits.The Navy reached 102 percent of its goal with 2,742 recruits.The Marine Corps reached 105 percent of its goal with 2,127 recruits.The Air Force reached 101 percent of its goal with 2,407 recruits.Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said the increase in recruiting was in part due to the services’ focus on helping parents and teachers understand the value of military service.
The Army, which missed its fiscal 2005 recruiting goal, has met its monthly goal every month since June, said Douglas Smith, a spokesman for Army Recruiting Command.
Smith attributed the Army’s recent success in recruiting to a combination of more recruiters and new recruiting incentives.
But the Army’s retention rate is below its year-to-date goal, according to the Defense Department. So far, the Army has re-enlisted 10,677 soldiers, 92 percent of its target, the Defense Department reported.
Smith deferred retention questions to Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, who could not be reached for comment by deadline Monday.
Also Monday, the Defense Department announced that the Army National Guard had exceeded its recruiting goal for November and the Marine Corps and Air Force reserves had both met their monthly goals, but the other reserve components missed their targets.
The Army Reserve reached 96 percent of its goal with 2,131 recruits; the Navy Reserve reached 87 percent of its goal with 711 recruits; and the Air National Guard reached 71 percent of its goal with 561 recruits, the Defense Department announced.
The recruiting numbers for both Navy Reserve and Air National Guard have been down since September, according to the Defense Department.
Responding to the apparent slump, a Navy Recruiting Command spokesman said, “The numbers have improved since the end of FY (fiscal year) ’05.”
Fall and winter months are typically the slow months for Air National Guard recruiting, said National Guard Bureau spokesman Jack Harrison on Monday.
“Typically, we will see an upturn in the spring and we don’t see any reason why we won’t see that again,” Harrison said.
Harrison also stressed that the Air National Guard has a retention rate of 101.1 percent and 99.2 percent of its congressionally mandated end strength.