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We owe our success to the versatile young Americans who answer the Call to Duty. This is the first time in our modern history that the Nation has tested the concept of an All-Volunteer force during a prolonged war. We are executing a full range of initiatives and incentives to recruit and retain high caliber citizens to man our active, reserve and civilian ranks. Caring for Soldiers and Army families through tangible quality of life programs provides a sense of belonging and sustains motivation for continued service. Improving Soldier and family housing reflects our commitment to providing a quality of life that matches the quality of our Soldiers’ service to the Nation.


We have maintained our All-Volunteer Army by recruitingRecruiting an All–Volunteer Force
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dedicated, high-quality Soldiers and then retaining them well beyond their initial obligations. While the recruiting environment for America’s young men and women is competitive, we will not compromise standards as we temporarily increase the size of the Army by 30,000 Soldiers. Our recruiting goal this year exceeds 186,000 Soldiers for all three components. This annual

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goal compares to about 140,000 recruits for all of the other Services combined.

Last year was a challenging recruiting year. However, we finished strongly, exceeding the monthly goals for the last four months by more than 400 Soldiers per month in the active component. This trend continued into the new recruiting year in all three components. To achieve success this year, we have expanded advertising, increased the number of recruiters, and augmented numerous incentive programs. We recently initiated a new program, Unity of EffortUnity of Effort
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, to recruit former members of the Armed Forces. This program features enlistment bonuses and, in many cases, reinstatement of previous rank. We are optimistic that our efforts, reinforced by Congress and the Nation’s support, will result in meeting our recruiting goals for this year.

The Army is retainingArmy Retention Program
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Soldiers at tremendously high levels. Since 2002, while fighting the war on terrorism, we have surpassed our combined Army retention goals each year. In 2005, we exceeded our goal by more than six percent. We reenlist two out of every three eligible Soldiers who reach the end of their term of service during a given year. We are particularly proud that one out of every two first-term Soldiers decide to reenlist. In a time of war and a high operational pace, we believe this achievement is indicative of the high quality of leadership that our Soldiers experience in their units. Our Soldiers value the tradition of service to the Nation and appreciate the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way.

The continued support of spouses, parents, veterans, and the employers of our reserve component Soldiers plays a huge role in recruiting and retaining the All-Volunteer force. This support has a direct effect on the pride and morale of each of our Soldiers. In May 2005, to recognize the role and contributions of key influencers in our society, we established the Freedom Team Salute ProgramFreedom Team Salute
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. To date, we have received requests to commend almost one million spouses, parents, veterans, and civilian employers.

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We continue to work to assure Soldiers and their families that they will be taken care of and all their needs will be met. Caring for families plays a vital role in sustaining a national commitment to serve and requires both the attention of leaders and the application of resources.

Army Well–BeingArmy Well–Being
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programs provide leaders a variety of ways to care for Soldiers and their families. We have integrated numerous quality-of- life functions into a comprehensive well-being framework that enables us to focus resources, measure success, and address the needs of an Army at war. Our objective is to sustain the fighting strength of our Army while providing for the individual needs of Soldiers and families.


To assist Family Support and Readiness Groups at all levels, we have developed Virtual Family Readiness GroupsVirtual Family Readiness Group
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. We have expanded child care programs on installations and in communities that have deployed Army National Guard and Army Reserve units. The Army Reserve established a Child and Youth Services Program to facilitate access to child care, youth development, and student support. The new Deployment Cycle Support ProgramDeployment Cycle Support Program
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helps families to understand and cope with the stress of deployments. Our Army Spouse Employment PartnershipArmy Spouse Employment Partnership
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program has placed over 11,000 spouses in positions with major corporations and State and Federal agencies. We are currently working on a school transition program to help families and communities affected by BRAC decisions. These are just a few of the many ways that we care for Soldiers and families.

Health care is another critical aspect of caring for our Soldiers and their families. The Army provides world-class health care for 3.5 million beneficiaries, on the battlefield and at hospitals and clinics worldwide. To honor our obligation to care for Soldiers and families, we continually look for ways to improve health and well-being. The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior ProgramU.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program
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, formerly known as the Disabled Soldier Support System, provides sustained care for our severely wounded Soldiers. This program provides continuous and comprehensive transition and support services for our Soldiers until they are returned to duty or for up to five years after medical retirement. This program exemplifies our commitment to honor the Soldier’s Creed by “never leaving a fallen comrade.”


We are committed to providing quality housing for our Soldiers. Housing for single and married Soldiers has been improved significantly as a result of the Barracks Modernization ProgramArmy Barracks Modernization Program
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and Residential Communities Initiative (RCI)Residential Communities Initiative
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To improve substandard living conditions across our installations, we committed $250 million to an immediate Barracks Improvement Program. As part of a longer-term Barracks Modernization Program, we will have funded 85 percent of our barracks modernization by the end of this year. We have programmed funding through 2009 to modernize our remaining barracks spaces. In addition, 45 percent of barracks for our recruits at our training centers will be modernized by 2011. Using vital supplemental funding, we also initiated

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a program to modernize the barracks used by Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers during their annual training.

Through RCI, we are providing better family housing for our Soldiers by privatizing 82,000 homes at 42 installations. This program leverages private investment capital to improve housing at a much faster rate than traditional methods of financing and contracting for military construction. When completed in 2010, over 90 percent of Army housing in the United States will have been privatized. We have also constructed more than 3,600 family homes and renovated 6,300 existing homes using traditional military construction.

Improved housing, in barracks and quarters, provides Soldiers and families with a quality of life that recognizes their service to the Nation. These programs have a positive, enduring effect on Soldiers’ morale, and contribute immeasurably to our ability to sustain our volunteer force. Supporting Initiatives (Addendum C): The above areas of focus are reinforced by the following three supporting initiatives: