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Defense Department says most all recruiting numbers met last year

defense department logoWASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components up through November of 2012.

Active Component:

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

Army – 11,685 accessions, with a goal of 11,550; 101 percent
Navy – 5,299 accessions, with a goal of 5,299; 100 percent
Marine Corps – 4,293 accessions, with a goal of 4,307; 100 percent
Air Force – 4,452 accessions, with a goal of 4,452; 100 percent

Retention. The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the second month of fiscal 2013. While the Navy exhibited strong retention numbers in the mid-career and career categories, the Navy’s achievement of 88 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 recruiting goals. The Army Reserve finished November 654 short of their goal.

Army National Guard – 8,453 accessions, with a goal of 7,146; 118 percent
Army Reserve – 4,013 accessions, with a goal of 4,667; 86 percent
Navy Reserve – 877 accessions, with a goal of 877; 100 percent
Marine Corps Reserve – 1,768 accessions, with a goal of 1,569; 113 percent
Air National Guard – 1,414 accessions, with a goal of 1,414; 100 percent
Air Force Reserve – 1,279 accessions, with a goal of 1,279; 100 percent

Attrition – All reserve components have met their fiscal-year-to-date attrition goals. Current trends are expected to continue. (This indicator lags by a month due to data availability).

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