The Department of Defense announced good and strong news today regarding our military’s recruiting and retention statistics for fiscal year 2014.
Such strong military retention numbers may continue to reflect a weak hiring economy for young adults, generally men, although the current Obama administration recommends minimal wage increases for active military personnel.
The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force all met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014.
? Army ? 17,002 accessions, with a goal of 16,720; 102 percent
? Navy ? 10,116 accessions, with a goal of 10,116; 100 percent
? Marine Corps ? 7,173 accessions, with a goal of 7,162; 100 percent
? Air Force ? 8,726 accessions, with a goal of 8,726; 100 percent
Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal-year-to-date 2014 numerical accession goals.
? Army National Guard ? 16,663 accessions, with a goal of 16,596; 100 percent
? Army Reserve ? 8,459 accessions, with a goal of 9,341; 91 percent
? Navy Reserve ? 1,359 accessions, with a goal of 1,359; 100 percent
? Marine Corps Reserve ? 2,753 accessions, with a goal of 2,677; 103 percent
? Air National Guard ? 3,173 accessions, with a goal of 3,173; 100 percent
? Air Force Reserve ? 2,057 accessions, with a goal of 1,824; 113 percent
Attrition ? All reserve components have met their attrition goals or were within the allowed variance. Current trends are expected to continue. (This indicator lags due to data availability.)
Detailed information on specific recruiting data can be obtained by contacting the individual military recruiting commands at 502-626-0164 for Army, 210-565-4678 for Air Force, 703-784-9454 for Marine Corps, and 901-874-9048 for Navy. The reserve components can be reached at the following numbers: National Guard Bureau 703-607-2586, Army Reserve 910-570-8330, Air Force Reserve 703-697-1761, Navy Reserve 757-322-5652, and Marine Corps Reserve 504-678-6535.