ARMY RECRUITING & RETENTION

Monday August 1, 2005

Continuing to man the force is not just the Army's challenge, it is the Nation's challenge. The recruiting environment remains difficult in terms of economic conditions and alternatives. Therefore, the Army has increased its resources, including additional recruiters, incentives, and advertising to compete in the current and future markets. These adjustments are expected to begin to take hold in the upcoming months. The Army is concerned about meeting the fiscal year 2005 recruiting missions, but is confident that the recruiting initiatives will take hold, and the American public will respond.

Retention
A. Active Army - Fiscal year 2005 retention mission: 64,162
- 53,120 Soldiers have reenlisted so far this fiscal year.

B. Army Reserve - Fiscal year 2005 retention mission: 16,248
- 12,444 Soldiers have reenlisted so far this fiscal year.

C. Army National Guard - Fiscal year 2005 retention mission: 32,570
- 25,046 Soldiers have reenlisted so far this fiscal year

Recruiting
A. Active Army - Fiscal year 2005 recruiting mission: 80,000
- 6,157 Soldiers accessed in June (109% of the monthly goal of 5,650)
- 47,121 Soldiers joined from the beginning of the fiscal year through the end of June

B. Army Reserve - Fiscal year 2005 recruiting mission: 22,175
- 3,651 Soldiers accessed in June (101% of the monthly goal of 3,610)
- 13,203 Soldiers joined from the beginning of the fiscal year through the end of June.

C. Army National Guard - Fiscal year 2005 recruiting mission: 63,002
- 4,337 Soldiers assessed in June (86% of the monthly goal of 5,032)
- 34,589 Soldiers joined from the beginning of the fiscal year through the end of June.

Bonuses
A. Qualified recruits without prior military service who enlist for at least three years in the active Army in specific job categories and who report for training before Sept. 30 are eligible for an enlistment bonus of at least $5,000, which may be combined with all other existing bonuses for a total of up to $20,000.

B. The maximum combination of cash bonuses for a three-year enlistment is $20,000 for some high-priority jobs, and $10,000 for most of the Army's more than 150 entry-level jobs. The maximum combination of cash bonuses for an active Army enlistment of four or more years is $20,000.

C. These cash bonuses may also be combined with either the Army's Loan Repayment Program or the Army College Fund, but not both. The Army College Fund, which is available to recruits who select high-priority specialties, offers up to $70,000 for higher education. The Student Loan Repayment Program, available to all recruits with qualifying student loans who enlist for at least three years in any military occupational specialty, can repay up to $65,000.

Source: Army G-1

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • "Boots on the ground" -- Transcript (Hardball)
  • Army to return 11 bases to Germany in Fiscal 2007 (AFIS)
  • "Military overhaul milestone" -- Opinion (WT | EB)
  • Iraq duty a family affair for Army Reserve couple (AFIS)
  • Army at a loss for bomb specialists (USAT | EB)
  • Controversy surrounds misconduct of California Guard unit, commander (LAT | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraqi security adviser sees positive outlook for Iraq (AFIS)
  • Iraqi army shows continued progress (AFIS)
  • Iraqi police graduate from advanced, specialty courses (AFIS)
  • Report urges better training of Iraqis in civil affairs work (WP | EB)
  • Iraqis vow to meet constitution deadline (NYT | EB)
  • Kurds calling for autonomy (WP | EB)
  • Iraqi forces conduct Operation Fish Net II (MNSTC-I)
  • Al Qaeda terror cell leader captured (MNF-I)
  • Engineer summit shares reconstruction lessons (GRD)
  • U.S. Army Soldier named Iraqi sheik (WT | EB)
  • Army Strykers return to combat zones (ARNEWS)
  • Who's paying for our patriotism" -- Opinion (WP | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • The Malogne House meets needs of troops after war, before home (WP | EB)
  • Rhetoric surrounding war changing to reflect worldwide challenge (MH | EB)
  • Pentagon stirs tensions in foreign base realignment (CSM | EB)
  • Loss of Uzbekistan base not critical, say military officials (NYT | EB)
  • Government, health officials say U.S. unprepared for bio-attack (USAT | EB)
  • Investigators looking into link between Al Qaeda and London bombings (WP | EB)
  • Iran threatens to reactivate nuclear site (NYT | EB)
  • S. Korea offers electricity to North for giving up nuclear program (NYT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

If we can target parents, grandparents and others to influence the support of their children's and grandchildren's decision to serve, we will have turned the corner. (Story)

Thomas F. Hall
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs

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