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

  No. 139-13

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2013, Through January 2013

The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2013, through January.

Active Component.

Recruiting. All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2013, through October.

Army – 20,273 accessions, with a goal of 20,175; 100 percent
Navy – 10,990 accessions, with a goal of 10,990; 100 percent
Marine Corps – 9,244 accessions, with a goal of 9,230; 100 percent
Air Force – 9,589 accessions, with a goal of 9,589; 100 percent

Retention. The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the fourth month of fiscal 2013. The Navy exhibited strong retention numbers in the mid-career and career categories. However, the Navy’s achievement of 86 percent in the initial category is a result of the transition from a downsizing to a stabilizing posture.

Reserve Component.

Recruiting. Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal-year-to-date 2013 numerical accession goals. The Army Reserve finished January 1,034 accessions short of its goal.

Army National Guard – 17,100 accessions, with a goal of 16,314; 105 percent
Army Reserve – 8,518 accessions, with a goal of 9,552; 89 percent
Navy Reserve – 1,787 accessions, with a goal of 1,787; 100 percent
Marine Corps Reserve – 3,270 accessions, with a goal of 2,995; 109 percent
Air National Guard – 3,063 accessions, with a goal of 3,063; 100 percent
Air Force Reserve – 2,513 accessions, with a goal of 2,513; 100 percent

Attrition – All Reserve Components have met their attrition goals. Current trends are expected to continue. (This indicator lags by one month due to data availability.)

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