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ARLINGTON, Va. — All military services and components, except one, were able to meet or exceed their recruiting goals in December, according to numbers released Thursday by the Pentagon.

The only component that came up short was the Air National Guard, with 624 recruits shipped to boot camp in December, from a goal of 650.

However, the active-duty Army goal for December was also an unusually low number: 750 recruits. A total of 789 recruits were shipped, or 105 percent.

The active Army’s November recruiting goal, by contrast, was more than six times higher: 4,750 recruits (4,783 were shipped).

December is the third straight month that the Army set modest recruiting goals for itself, leaving the service with just 10,136 new recruits so far in fiscal 2008.

That means recruiters are going to have to push if they are going to make the stated goal of adding 80,000 new soldiers by the end of fiscal 2008, which is Sept. 30: the Army will need an average of 6,984 new recruits each month.

The Army’s reserve components, meanwhile, brought in new recruits by the thousands in December.

The Army Reserve, which made 107 percent of its goal, shipped 3,280 new recruits, instead of the 3,065 planned. And the Army National Guard shipped 4,985 new recruits off to boot camp in December, 120 percent more than the 4,157 goal.

The active-duty Navy and Air Force, which are shrinking in size, both hit their accessions goals on target in December.

The active-duty Marines made 115 percent of their goal, shipping 1,992 recruits, better than their goal of 1,726. The Marine Reserves shipped their goal of 410 new recruits.

The Air Force Reserve, with 561 recruits, and Navy Reserve, with 682, also hit their target.


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