Thursday, July 10, 2008

U.S. military continues to meet recruiting goals

The Department of Defense released June recruiting and retention statistics today and announced all branches of the armed services met or exceeded their recruiting goals. Military officials said this marks the thirteenth consecutive month of recruiting success.

The Army signed up 9,365 new soldiers in June, exceeding their goal by 115. That compares with 7,031 new recruits in June 2007.

The Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force also met or exceeded their goals.

Reserve recruiting was strong as well, with only the Army Reserve missing their goal by 1 percent.

Bill Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel and policy said the recruiting success underscores the strength of the United States' all volunteer force, even in the midst of protracted conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“There were concerns about how today’s fight would affect retention, and yet, retention has been as strong as any period in our history,” he said on the all-volunteer force’s 35th anniversary. “Volunteers want to serve; their performance is strong, their behaviors are strong, and their discipline is high.”

Their choice to become members of the armed forces speaks volumes for the dedication and loyalty of our nation and its volunteers,” Carr said.

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