Army Recruiting & Retention May 2007
August 1, 2007
"You have a winnowing process in the middle of a war that does powerful self-selection on behalf of the Army. For somebody to raise their right hand and join the Army in the middle of a war tells you something about the intangibles of that person." Secretary of the Army Pete Geren as quoted in the Dallas Morning News June 4, 2007.
In fiscal year 2007 so far, more than 190,000 Soldiers have enlisted or reenlisted in the Army-that is equivalent to every man, woman, child in America.
Retention: All three components are above their retention goals as of end of month June.
As of end of month May, 43,259 Active Army Soldiers reenlisted this fiscal year: 100% of the Fiscal year-to-date straight-line glide path of 43,240. Overall fiscal year 2007 retention mission is 62,200.
As of end of month May, 13,737 US Army Reserve Soldiers reenlisted this fiscal year: 120% of the year-to-date straight-line glide path of 11,495. Overall FY07 retention mission is 16,571.
As of end of month May, 24,915 Army National Guard Soldiers reenlisted this fiscal year: 108% of the year-to-date straight-line glide path of 23,081. Overall FY07 retention mission is 37,578.
Recruiting. The Army Reserve met its monthly mission and the Active Army and the Army National Guard remain ahead of their yearly recruiting goals.
In the May reporting period, USAREC recruited 5,101 Soldiers: 93% of the monthly goal of 5,500. The Army has achieved 105% of year-to-date mission: 44,862 of 42,750. This is 2,000 more than fiscal year-to-date through May 2006. The FY07 recruiting mission of 80,000 is identical to last year.
In the May reporting period, the Army Reserve accessed 3929 Soldiers: 106% of the monthly accession goal of 3,694. The Army Reserve has achieved 93% of year-to-date accession mission: 18,799 of 20,303. The FY07 accession mission is 35,505. USAREC recruited 3,161 Soldiers into the Reserve: 109% of the monthly recruiting goal of 2,900. The FY07 recruiting mission of 26,500 is 1,000 more than last year. (Accession data includes Recruiting + Active to Reserve Transitions + IRR to Unit Transfers.)
In the May reporting period, the Army National Guard accessed, including transfers from the active component, 5,612 Soldiers: 88% of the monthly accession goal of 6,403. The Army National Guard has achieved 100% of its year-to-date accession mission: 45,014 of 45,001. The FY07 accession mission is 70,000.
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command introduced two new enlistment incentives on May 31: Up to $51,864 for two-years in more than 45 active-Army military occupational specialties. The maximum combined bonus for a 3-year enlistment is now $25,000--the previous maximum for a 3-year enlistment was $10,000, or $20,000 for priority MOSs only. Qualified recruits who enlist for two years plus training are eligible for up to $15,000. These incentives are available to qualified recruits who enlist in one of more than 45 job specialties, including fire support specialist (13F), signal support systems specialist (25U), petroleum supply specialist (92F), pharmacy specialist (68Q) and health-care specialist (68W).