Army Reserve: Retention and Recruiting

Wednesday December 27, 2006

What is it? Accessing and retaining Soldiers into the Army Reserve. Agencies responsible for accessing and retaining Soldiers include United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), Human Resources Command (HRC) St Louis, MO and Alexandria, VA, and Retention and Transition Division (RTD).

What has the Army Done? The Army Reserve has established the following accessions, retention, and attrition missions:

Officer and enlisted accession missions:

Enlisted Accession Missions (34,986)
- USAREC - 19,000 Non-Prior Service (NPS), 5,000 Prior Service (PS) Civil Life Gains and 2,500 IRR-SELRES Transfers.
- HRC Alexandria - 2,486 Transitions (AC to RC)
- RTD - 6,000 transfers (IRR to TPU)

Officer Accession requirements (4,384)
- USAREC - OCS/Chap/AMEDD - 1,219
- RTD Warrant Officer - 400
- RTD - 1,000 Transfers (IRR to TPU) (includes 585 ROTC accessions)
- HRC Alexandria - 200 Transitions (AC to RC)
- ROTC - 550 (included in IRR to TPU transfer mission)
- RTD - 350 Direct Commission

Retention Mission:

Attrition Reduction:
22.6% Composite TPU attrition
- Reenlistment Missions TBD after beginning of FY 07
- 6% Non Participant mission

Attrition Missions:

- TPU Composite Attrition has steadily declined since FY97 (35.1%) and remained at or below 24% for FY 03, FY 04, FY 05 and FY 06
- Migration of AR Soldiers to the AC, AGR, ARNG and other Army Branches enhance the greater Army but negatively affect TPU attrition.

Factors that increase attrition:
- Aggressive NP reduction benefits readiness but increases attrition (currently over 15K NPs)
- Programs to reduce legacy non-deployable Soldiers
- Routine losses such as retirements, ETS and discharges will continue

- Transfers to the IRR have decreased by 47% since FY 03 (19K to 9K).

For additional information on Army Reserve: Retention and Recruiting

For more information on this and other topics see** Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.**


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