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Military claims to hit most recruiting and retention goals

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced Friday recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2013, through June.

Active Component

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

• Army – 49,273 accessions, with a goal of 48,690; 101 percent

• Navy – 28,482 accessions, with a goal of 28,482; 100 percent

• Marine Corps – 21,001 accessions, with a goal of 20,960; 100 percent

• Air Force – 20,154 accessions, with a goal of 20,154; 100 percent

Retention: The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the ninth month of fiscal 2013. The Navy exhibited strong retention numbers in the mid-career and career categories. However, the Navy’s achievement of 89 percent in the initial category relates to reduced accessions from four to six years ago.

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 June 2,572 accessions short of its goal.

• Army National Guard – 38,002 accessions, with a goal of 37,669; 101 percent

• Army Reserve – 19,779 accessions, with a goal of 22,351; 88 percent

• Navy Reserve – 4,138 accessions, with a goal of 4,138; 100 percent

• Marine Corps Reserve – 6,891 accessions, with a goal of 6,804; 101 percent

• Air National Guard – 7,788 accessions, with a goal of 7,788; 100 percent

• Air Force Reserve – 5,515 accessions, with a goal of 4,835; 114 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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