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

  No. 205-06

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for February


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


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

Accessions Goal Percent
Army 6,114 6,000 102
Navy 2,696 2,593 104
Marine Corps 1,734 1,661 104
Air Force 2,375 2,353 101


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


  • Reserve forces recruiting.   Two of the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in February.


Accessions Goal Percent
Army National Guard 6,583 6,536 101
Army Reserve 2,279 2,359 97
Navy Reserve 710 874 81
Marine Corps Reserve 469 546 86
Air National Guard 680 772 88
Air Force Reserve 573 490 117


           Reserve forces retention.  For February, Army National Guard retention was 106 percent of the cumulative goal of 13,478, and Air National Guard retention was 95 percent of its cumulative goal of 4,046. The Army Guard is at 336,183 of an approved and funded end strength of 350,000, while the Air Guard is at 105,321 of an authorized 106,800. Losses in all reserve components for January are well within acceptable limits.  Indications are that trend will continue into February.


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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