|Recruiting Remains Solid Since 9/11
Five Years After 9/11, Recruiting, Retention Remain Solid
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2006 – Five years after military recruiting hit the ceiling after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, recruiting remains solid, with every service meeting its active-duty recruiting goal for the 15th consecutive month. Recruiting and retention statistics for August, just released by the Defense Department, show the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force all meeting or exceeding both their monthly as well as year-to-date recruiting goals for the year.
At the same time, retention remains solid across the board, with all services expected to meet their retention goals for the fiscal year, officials said.
During August, the Army recruited almost 10,500 soldiers, 104 percent of its goal, and the Marine Corps signed on more than 4,300 Marines, 107 percent of its goal. The Navy and Air Force both met their August goals, recruiting almost 4,100 sailors and almost 3,200 airmen, respectively.
Recruiting numbers in the reserve components were also up in August, with all components but the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve meeting or exceeding their goals, defense officials said. The Army National Guard recruited more than 6,500 soldiers, 100 percent of its goal. The Navy Reserve signed on almost 1,100 sailors, 106 percent of its goal; and the Marine Corps Reserve, with more than 800 recruits, exceeded its monthly goal by 1 percent. The Air National Guard recruited more than 1,000 airmen, 128 percent of its August goal.
The Air Force Reserve fell 1 airman short of its 849 goal, officials said. The Army Reserve, with more than 2,400 accessions, met 62 percent of its August goal but is faring better in year-to-date recruiting, which stands at 94 percent of the 33,100-plus goal, officials said. Marine Corps Maj. Stewart Upton, a Pentagon spokesman, called the latest recruiting and retention successes a positive sign that the services are attracting the manpower they need to maintain a quality force for the future.
“The numbers also indicate that people out there understand that we are involved in a global war on terror and are making the decision to serve this country at this important time,” Upton said. High retention rates military-wide show that once people join the military, many choose to continue their service. In addition to a good pay and benefits package and the benefit of learning skills, military service offers other less-tangible rewards, Upton said.
“They’re staying in because many feel they have found a home, a family,” he said. “And they feel that they belong to something important. They feel that they are needed in this global war on terror, and they want to be a part of it.”
THAT'S ALL GREAT, BUT OUR BABIES KEEP GETTING KILLED, BECAUSE AS SOON AS THEY ARE OUT OF AIT THEY ARE SENT TO IRAC. THEN YOU HEAR YET ANOTHER YOUNG SOLDIER HAS BEEN KILLED, AND BUSH'S COMMENT IS "HE HAD COURAGE" BLAH BLAHG BLAH...
Our country was built on young lives being taken. Why do you expect anything to change? Freedom (not saying that America is 100% free) comes at a cost, and if the brave man was a young man then so be it. Courage and bravery does not come in age, it comes in character.
I am going to the army in January. I am a 35 year old single mom with a 12 year old boy. I feel it is my duty to help my country, and though I know I will or may risk my life, at least I am doing something about our freedom. Support the troops!!
my daughter has joined and will leave two weeks after her graduation. I am proud of her for her strong decision. The decision is ours now to pray or just give up. I still believe.
My sister joined right out of high school went to the natioal guard went to iraq for a year and came back. she got married had a baby boy and now has decided to go active duty. her husband is also thinking about joining i am so proud of my sister for her courage and her abundace of energy to do this on a daily basis. i was going to do this to but my health wouldnt allow. so all my props gp out to those who can and did support the US when we needed it the most. i love you Trini and keep up the good work
My name is Sebastian Weibhauser. Iam 21 years old and i am from Germany. I already joined the german Army this year.
Now i am very interessted to join the Army of America.
Can you send me all informations which are necassary for me to start my military kareere in the USA!
Josie, Just think--those young people gave their life so you could have the freedom to express your opinion and have the opportunity to misspell Iraq.
I am about to join the army and although i dont want to go to iraq i also know that if i do get chosen to go it means that my country needs me over there and if it means my family will be just that much safer then i have no problem with going. When someone joins the military these days they know there is a chance they might go to iraq. It is their decision to make. We should all support our loved ones in their decisions.
It's good that people wanna help serve our country, I was sort of afraid that it would drop because all lot of people were scared.
I am about to join the army with the thoughts of leaving my three sons. One of my sons are going to be eighteen years old and on his own. I am 40 years old and my biggest worry is passing boot camp. I have thought about my life here in the U.S. and the most important decision of going to Iraq. My desire is to support my family and country.
I think this is a great thing and people who are so brave enough to actually go into battle and may go bless you all and the families of the people who are there and I myself would want to cheer you on and do what your heart desires not what people tell you what they think is right.
Its great that people want to defend our country, our nation, our people for havoc, and maiham.
It takes courage ask my buddy/family Bryan Sanders who use to be in the Marine Corp. Now I think its my turn to repay my country thats why I will join the National Guard to get my schooling and do my years to help protect this nation that I love.
ITs always good to see young men and women doing something for there country. I see all of the negative comments on here, but what have you done for your country. Most likely nothing, but took advantage of tax dollars to drop out of school the usual. The fact of the matter is, most people that knock the military, are usually the ones that dont qualify to join. The hardest part of being a military recruiter is finding qualified canidates. About 80 percent of people that apply fail a basic military entrance exam.
But congradulations to anyone who decided to join the military.
I am about to join the army. I know that I may be sent to Iraq, but I have to do something to help my daughter live in a safer place. Not to mention America's people. I think Bush is an Azz, but for my daughter and my country I will go if I have to. Also this gives me a better chance of supporting my daughter, and the struggling with be minimum.
i want to join the armed forces and serve my country in iraq.any miltary branch,i know my age is over the limit ,but i'm ready to go there,i'm 6feet 1 and 240 lbs, i'm 53 years my age must not stop doing what i want to do ,i know i can doanything some thing over there ,languages i know arabic,armenian,and alittle bit of turkish ,please help me to serve my country,i'm ready to go there and fight
People will die at war, young people, and middle aged. Thats a fact, and its a choice. I choose to do something with my life. I choose to make this country safe. So that people may have the freedom to not support the efforts being made that allow us to drive to work, go to bed, and fly safe. I am 21. I ship out in early 2007. And I am proud of my choice, are you?
Im 17 and from Norway. I wish the military here was more like in America.
i have always thought of joining the army......the parents dont want me to b-cuz i am an only child....but im really doin nothing special now n mabye its time i should.........i get in minor trouble here n there but im better then that........but am i good enough
im carlos im looking for a full time job in the army in irac or usa
My dad is in Afghanistan and i am so proud of him... some people don't understand the courage and the selflessness it takes to put their life on the line. Thankyou to all who do what you do and i will be praying for you. ( sorry if i misspelled anything, At least it wasn't IRAQ)
My son is 17years old and wants to join the german army but don't know where to start can u send me any helpful info through i live in britain