And so this is a challenge that we're up to. I believe we're on this path, and I couldn't be more proud of the people that are putting this together, the people that are serving today. And I will tell you that this nation has got a challenge manning our Armed forces that the nation is going to have to embrace.
General Peter J. Schoomaker
The Chief of Staff, Army
Army Recruiting and Retention
DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for August
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Recruiting and Retention Numbers for August 2005
The Department of Defense announced its recruiting and retention statistics by the active and reserve components for the month of August 2005.
- The Active Army exceeded its August 2005 goal, accessing 9,455 new Soldiers. The last month numbers were this high was in July, 2001 (10,058).
- The Active Army will achieve this year's goal and has achieved its retention goals for the past five years. Although the active Army has met monthly goals for the past three months, the Army will not meet fiscal year 2005 recruiting goals.
- Recruiting Soldiers who are confident, adaptive, and competent; able to handle the full complexity of 21st century warfare in this combined, joint, expeditionary environment is highly competitive and very challenging. The competition with industry, an improving economy, and lower unemployment coupled with a decrease in support from key influencers have added to the challenges of recruiting solid candidates.
- To improve recruiting, the Army has implemented several initiatives. A new automated benefit tool is being developed for recruiters, which compares a military career with a civilian career, taking into account benefits and other factors.
- In the area of financial benefits, Army officials are working with Congress to increase the maximum amount for an initial recruitment incentive from $20,000.
Only certain military occupational specialties would be eligible for the maximum amount. Other financial benefits includes a $1,000 "finder's fee," which rewards soldiers for recommending potential recruits, and the Army Home Mortgage Program, which may offer soldiers down payments for homes.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
Detailed information on specific recruiting data can be obtained by contacting the individual military recruiting commands at:
Army (502) 626-0164
National Guard Bureau (703) 607-2586
Army Reserve (404) 464-8490
Air Force (210) 565-4678
Air Force Reserve (703) 697-1761
Marine Corps (703) 784-9454
Marine Corps Reserve(504) 678-6535
Navy (901) 874-9049
Navy Reserve (504)678-6055