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

  No. 131-06
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 10, 2006

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for January


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


Active duty recruiting.  All services exceeded their recruiting goals in January. 

Accessions Goal Percent
Army 8,337 8,100 103
Navy 2,726 2,694 101
Marine Corps 3,234 3,044 106
Air Force 2,915 2,898 101


Active duty retention.  All services are projected to meet their retention goals for the current fiscal year.


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

Accessions Goal Percent
Army National Guard 6,341 5,614 113
Army Reserve 3,114 3,234 96
Navy Reserve 757 859 88
Marine Corps Reserve 854 852 100
Air National Guard 678 752 90
Air Force Reserve 2,362 2,354 100


            Reserve forces retention.  For January, Army National Guard retention was 103 percent of the cumulative goal of 10,511, and Air National Guard retention was 98 percent of its cumulative goal of 3,256. Both Guard components are currently at 96 and 99 percent of their end strength, respectively. Losses in all reserve components for December are well within acceptable limits.  Indications are that trend will continue into January.


            To view a fact sheet on who is volunteering for the military, click here


            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 (504) 678-1240; and Marine Corps Reserve (504) 678-6535.




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