Many times in the last few months, there has been spirited debate about the need for a draft. One of the great issues was a perceived problem with recruiting into the armed forces. Below is the announcement of the recruiting and retention statistics DoD wide for May 2009. Seems the armed forces are on track and have been so for quite some time. See below:
The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of May.
· Active Component.
· Recruiting. All four active services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for May.
· Army – 4,044 accessions with a goal of 3,900; 104 percent
· Navy – 2,542 accessions with a goal of 2,542; 100 percent
· Marine Corps – 2,146 accessions with a goal of 1,516; 142 percent
· Air Force – 2,289 accessions with a goal of 2,279; 100 percent
· Retention. Retention continues to be very strong as all four active component services met or exceeded their May retention goals. The Marine Corps has met its year-end first and subsequent goals and Army has met its year-end initial, mid-career and career goals.
· Reserve Component.
· Accessions. Three of the six components met or exceeded their accession goals for the month of May 2009. While the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Air National Guard figures were less than their planned monthly goal, a! ll three are well above their fiscal 2009 annual recruiting goals to date.
· Army National Guard – 3,026 accessions with a goal of 3,649; 83 percent
· Army Reserve – 3,178 accessions with a goal of 3,326; 96 percent
· Navy Reserve – 574 accessions with a goal of 574; 100 percent
· Marine Corps Reserve – 1,196 accessions with a goal of 565; 212 percent
· Air National Guard – 766 accessions with a goal of 805; 95 percent
· Air Force Reserve – 770 accessions with a goal of 718; 107 percent
· Attrition. Losses in all reserve components were within acceptable limits.