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Army Announces Latest Retention and Recruiting Numbers

Soldiers continue to re-enlist in the U.S. Army at high rates. As previously predicted, the Army missed its April recruiting goals, but remains optimistic about achieving the Active Army’s recruiting mission by Oct. 1.

Manning the military force includes two efforts: recruiting and retention. Retention continues to exceed Army projections. The U.S. Army remains focused on and supportive of Soldiers as well as their families.

As of the end of March, the Active Army re-enlisted 34,382 Soldiers, 106 percent of its mission for the first two quarters of the fiscal year. The Army was at about 90 percent of mission at this time last year and finished at 107 percent, boding well for the Army’s retention mission this year.

The Army Reserve re-enlisted 8,291 Soldiers, 100 percent of its year-to-date mission, as of the end of March. The Army National Guard re-enlisted 15,689 Soldiers, 100 percent of its year-to-date mission.

The Army is applying additional resources to recruiting and remains cautiously optimistic to achieve the Active Army’s Fiscal Year 2005 mission. Though the Army may not make some monthly goals, efforts remain strong to achieve the recruiting mission of 80,000 new recruits.

Recent enlistment incentives include adding specialties that will receive the maximum $20,000 enlistment bonus for an enlistment of 3-6 years in the Active Army; the initial bonus payment is now $10,000 following completion of initial entry training. The Army also expanded the student loan repayment program to all military occupational specialties. The Army Reserve offers non-prior service recruits up to $10,000 for an enlistment of three or more years and prior service can earn up to $15,000 for a 6-year enlistment.

As of end of the April reporting period, U.S. Army Recruiting Command accessed a total of 35,926 Soldiers into the Active Army, 84 percent of the year-to-date mission.

As of end of the April reporting period, Recruiting Command accessed 7,283 Soldiers for the U.S. Army Reserve, 79 percent of the year-to-date mission. The Fiscal Year 2005 Army Reserve recruiting mission is 22,175.

The U.S. Army National Guard continues collecting its recruiting data from the 54 states and territories, so similar information is not available.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Pamela Hart, Army Public Affairs, at (703)697-5662, pamela.hart@hqda.army.mil or Mr. Douglas Smith, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, at (502) 626-0164.

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