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Military mostly meets goals on recruiting

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WASHINGTON – All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through August, Defense Department officials announced this week.

Here are the numbers for the first 11 months of the past fiscal year:

— Army: 50,290 accessions, 101.2 percent of its goal of 49,700;

— Navy: 30,151 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 30,151;

— Marine Corps: 22,215 accessions, 100.1 percent of its goal of 22,187; and

— Air Force: 22,467 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 22,467.

All four services exhibited strong retention numbers in August, officials said.

Meanwhile, four of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal-year-to-date 2014 numerical accession goals through August, and all six reserve components also met or exceeded the DoD quality benchmarks, officials said.

Here are the reserve component accession numbers for fiscal 2014 through August:

— Army National Guard: 43,519 accessions, 96.5 percent of its goal of 45,101;

— Army Reserve: 24,548 accessions, 91.5 percent of its goal of 26,823;

— Navy Reserve: 3,621 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 3,621;

— Marine Corps Reserve: 8,315 accessions, 101.3 percent of its goal of 8,209;

— Air National Guard: 9,396 accessions, 103.2 percent of its goal of 9,106; and

— Air Force Reserve: 6,386 accessions, 131.6 percent of its goal of 4,853.

All reserve components had met their attrition goals or were within the allowed variance and current trends are expected to continue, officials said, noting that availability of data for this indicator lags behind availability of accessions data.

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Could this be an indication that there are not enough good jobs (if there is such a thing)out there. Either way, I applaud those that step up to the plate, thank you….

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