Army Recruiting Command is 964 accessions ahead of its year-to-date mission to recruit 80,000 new Active Army Soldiers.Fiscal Year 2007 Missions: Active Army 80,000 Army Reserve 26,500July 2007 Mission Accomplishments: We recruited (accessed) 9,973 Soldiers for the Active Army against a mission of 9,750 (102.3 percent).We recruited 3,822 Soldiers for the Army Reserve against a mission of 3,250 (117.6 percent).Fiscal Year 2007 Year-to-date: As of 30 July 2007, we have recruited (accessed) 61,864 Soldiers for the Active Army and 21,496 Soldiers for the Army Reserve. We have exceeded our active Army year-to-date mission by 964 accessions (101.6 percent) and have achieved 99.2 percent of the year-to-date Army Reserve mission.To put our current success in perspective, consider that we're recruiting an all-volunteer force during a protracted war for the first time in history. We're on track to help the Army maintain its current end-strength.While our leadership understands the challenge, they are confident we can achieve the 80,000 mission set for this year -- enabling the Army to grow and keep pace with our operational requirements.There are a number of factors that are involved in the current challenges in recruiting. These include: the strong economy leading to low unemployment; effects of the war on decisions to enlist and the decreasing support of influencers for those prospects who want to serve. All of this has resulted in fewer contracts within this year.The Army continues to face the greatest challenges in the history of the All-Volunteer Force. We're recruiting during a period of protracted war, and the desire to enlist is at its lowest point in two decades.Of course, the war is one factor in the current recruiting environment having an impact on military recruiting. Other factors include a high college-attendance rate among graduating high school seniors and a strong civilian employment market, which historically makes military recruiting difficult. But we continue to see young men and women stepping forward to be a part of the Army team -- and we are ahead of our accessions mission year to date.Despite the challenges, 80,000 Soldiers have made the commitment to serve in the Active Army and the Army Reserve to date. The Active Army is currently at 101.6% year to date. The Army Reserve is at 99.2% year to date. We are reasonably confident we will close the gap for the Army Reserve by the end of the fiscal year.FY 07 Missions and Accessions by Month as of 30 Jul 07Active Army Month Mission AchievedYTD Mission YTD Achieved Diff Oct 5,150 5,5605,150 5,560 410 Nov 6,150 6,48811,300 12,048 748 Dec 700 85912,000 12,907 907 Jan 8,350 9,30920,350 22,216 1,866 Feb 6,000 6,19526,350 28,411 2,061 Mar 5,500 5,54531,850 33,956 2,106 Apr 5,400 5,80437,250 39,760 2,510 May 5,500 5,10142,750 44,860 2,110 June 8,400 7,03151,150 51,891 741 July 9,750 9,97360,900 61,864 964 Aug 9,600 70,500 Sep 9,500 80,000 Total 80,000 80,000 Army Reserve Month Mission AchievedYTD Mission YTD Achieved Diff Oct 1,550 1,4571,550 1,457 -93 Nov 1,750 1,2233,300 2,680 -620 Dec 575 6763,875 3,356 -519 Jan 2,650 2,4786,525 5,834 -691 Feb 1,600 1,4898,125 7,323 -802 Mar 1,700 1,2439,825 8,566 -1,259 Apr 1,600 1,20311,425 9,769 -1,656 May 2,900 3,16514,325 12,934 -1,391 June 4,100 4,74018,425 17,674 -751 July 3,250 3,82221,675 21,496 -179 Aug 2,625 24,300 Sep 2,200 26,500 Total 26,500 26,500FY 06 Missions and Accessions by Month As of 29 Sep 06Active Army Month Mission AchievedYTD Mission YTD Achieved Diff Oct 4,700 4,9254,700 4,925 225 Nov 5,600 5,85610,300 10,781 481 Dec 700 74111,000 11,522 522 Jan 8,100 8,33719,100 19,859 759 Feb 6,000 6,11425,100 25,973 873 Mar 5,200 5,39630,300 31,369 1,069 Apr 5,400 5,68435,700 37,053 1,353 May 5,400 5,80641,100 42,859 1,759 June 8,600 8,75649,700 51,615 1,915 July 10,450 10,89060,150 62,505 2,355 Aug 10,050 10,49270,200 72,997 2,797 Sep 9,800 7,66680,000 80,635 635 Total 80,000 80,635 635Army Reserve Month Mission AchievedYTD Mission YTD Achieved Diff Oct 1,242 1,5031,242 1,503 261 Nov 1,342 1,4512,584 2,954 370 Dec 417 7243,001 3,678 677 Jan 2,342 2,3985,343 6,076 733 Feb 1,542 1,5486,885 7,624 739 Mar 1,642 1,5168,527 9,140 613 Apr 1,742 1,29410,269 10,434 165 May 2,892 2,82213,161 13,256 95 June 3,792 4,91316,953 18,169 1,216 July 3,442 3,08320,395 21,252 857 Aug 3,065 1,840 23,460 23,092 -368 Sep 2,040 2,281 25,500 25,378 -122 Total 25,500 25,378 -122NOTE: Due to edits to previous months' numbers, adding September accomplishments to the previous year to date achieved numbers will not yield the final end of year accomplishment.