Recruiting an All-Volunteer Force
What is it? The Army has recruited an All-Volunteer Force since 1973. This All-Volunteer Force is the strength of the Army. Soldiers professionally execute their tasks because they volunteered to serve the nation and believe in what mission success achieves. The Army's recruiting mission remains larger than all of the other Services combined. The All-Volunteer Force is really an All-Recruited Force requiring National and Congressional support and significant Army effort. These Army efforts have yielded high quality Soldiers that are required to conduct operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism and to support the Army's transformation into a modular expeditionary force.
What has the Army done? The Army aggressively adjusted its resources to meet increased recruiting missions and overcome the market effects of an improving economy, increased alternatives to youth, decreased propensity to enlist, and a decreased willingness of influencers to recommend Military Service. These adjustments have included increases in quick ship bonuses, advertising, and the size of recruiting forces to 6,279 active component (currently increased to 6,452), 1,774 Army Reserve and 4,800 Army National Guard Non-commissioned Officers. The 2005 enlisted accessions achievements were:
- Active Army 92 percent (accession goal of 80,000),
- Army Reserve 88 percent (accession goal of 22,175) and
- Army National Guard 80 percent (accession goal of 63,002).
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army continues to adjust its recruiting action plan to overcome the current and anticipated future market conditions and operational tempo.
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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.
Army Safety-"Own the Edge"
To help modern leaders and Soldiers make informed choices, the,U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center developed a campaign called Own the Edge. This campaign, encourages individual and unit safety, as well as continuous risk evaluation and hazard mitigation through the use of CRM. Our Soldiers are warriors on the edge. "Own the Edge" implies that Soldiers can push themselves to the limit while maintaining control, thus giving them an advantage in any situation. CRM enables them to think smarter, take control, and actually "Own the Edge."
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