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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 1279-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2005

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for November


           The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of November.  


  • Active duty recruiting.  All services exceeded their recruiting goals in November. 


Accessions Goal Percent
Army 5,856 5,600 105
Navy 2,742 2,694 102
Marine Corps 2,127 2,026 105
Air Force 2,407 2,390 101


  • Active duty retention.   The Army re-enlisted 10,677 soldiers toward a year-to-date mission of 11,556 (92 percent).  The Marine Corps and Air Force enjoy excellent re-enlistment rates through November.  The Navy barely missed its mid-career goal due to a shortage of specialized skills, and it is making program adjustments to achieve its end-of-year mission.


  • Reserve forces recruiting.    Three of the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals this month.  


Accessions Goal Percent
Army National Guard 4,960 4,510 110
Army Reserve 2,131 2,212 96
Navy Reserve 711 821 87
Marine Corps Reserve 484 482 100
Air National Guard 561 794 71
Air Force Reserve 495 493 100


  • Reserve retention.  For November, Army National Guard retention was 103 percent of the cumulative goal of 4,841, and Air National Guard retention was 101 percent of its cumulative goal of 1,636. Both Guard components are currently at 95 and 99 percent of their end strength, respectively. Losses in all reserve components for October were within acceptable limits.  Indications are that trend has continued into November.


Detailed information on specific recruiting data can be obtained by contacting the individual military recruiting commands at (502) 626-0164 for Army, (210) 565-4678 for Air Force, (703) 784-9454 for Marine Corps and (901) 874-9049 for Navy.  The reserve components can be reached at the following numbers: National Guard Bureau (703) 607-2586; Army Reserve (404) 464-8490; Air Force Reserve (703) 697-1761; Navy Reserve (985) 874-5669; and Marine Corps Reserve (504) 678-6535.


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