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

  No. 563-07

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for April

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

  • Active duty recruiting.  All services met or exceeded their recruiting goals in April. 

Accessions Goal Percent
Army 5,804 5,400 107
Navy 2,718 2,718 100
Marine Corps 1,899 1,345 141
Air Force 2,040 2,040 100


  • Active duty retention.  The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force are meeting or exceeding overall retention missions. 
  • Reserve forces recruiting. Two of the six reserve components met or exceeded their accession goals for April 2007.  


Accessions Goal Percent
Army National Guard 5,746 6,483 89
Army Reserve 1,888 2,336 81
Navy Reserve 876 927 94
Marine Corps Reserve 525 424 124
Air National Guard 709 844 84
Air Force Reserve 622 619 100


  •         Reserve forces retention. For April, Army National Guard retention was 107 percent of the goal of 20,069, and Air National Guard retention was 102 percent of its goal of 936. The Army National Guard is currently at 100 percent of its end strength, while the Air National Guard is at 96 percent. Losses in all reserve components for March are well within acceptable limits. Indications are that trend will continue into April.

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) 784-9455 for Marine Corps and (901) 874-9048 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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