ARLINGTON, Va. — Army recruiters hit their enlistment targets for the seventh straight month, while the active Navy, Marine, and Air Force all hit their recruiting goals, too, according to figures released Wednesday by the Pentagon.

Army recruiters signed 5,684 recruits in May, compared with their goal of 5,400, a 105 percent success rate for the month.

Seven months into fiscal 2006, the Army has now recruited 37,053 of its goal of 80,000. Recruiters will need to average more than 10,737 recruits each month between now and September. Last July, August, and September 2005, recruiters brought in well over 8,000 new soldiers each month.

And the Army is offering incentives aimed at the newly graduated high school students who will hit the job market during those “summer surge” months: Army officials announced a new $1,000 enlistment bonus for high school seniors.

The bonus applies to new recruits and those who are already in the Delayed Entry Program, which lets recruits ship out for boot camp at a later date.

To be eligible, recruits must have completed high school, received their diploma, scored above average in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, and depart for initial entry training (boot camp) before October 1 — the start of fiscal 2007.

The Army also is offering Thrift Savings Plan matching funds for recruits who agree to serve on active duty for five or more years in a job the Army declares a “critical specialty,” such as linguist.

The Army would match the first 5 percent of pay contributed during a soldier’s initial enlistment period; with the first 3 percent matched dollar-for-dollar, and the remaining 2 percent matched 50 cents on the dollar, according to Army personnel spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty.

Matching funds for tax-deferred 401(k) retirement savings accounts are a common benefit in the civilian world.

The Army pilot program is the first time one of the military services has offered them to part of its population as an incentive.

Reserve forces

Meanwhile, only two of the six reserve components met their May goals: the Marine Corps Reserve and Air Force Reserve.

The Navy Reserve, which had a goal of 865 recruits, signed only 648, or 75 percent.

The Air National Guard, whose goal was 778 new recruits, signed 719, or 92 percent.

The Army National Guard made 90 percent of its goal (recruiters signed 5,875 of 6,530 target recruits), and the Army Reserve, 83 percent (2,164 of a goal of 2,611).

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