Skip to comments.All Services Meet Active-Duty Recruiting Goals for August
Posted on 09/10/2007 2:09:58 PM PDT by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2007 All four services reported strong recruiting success in August, with the Army marking its second consecutive month exceeding its monthly goal, Defense Department officials announced today.
The Army topped its August goal by 6 percent, bringing 10,126 new soldiers into the force. The Army made 102 percent of its goal in July. Officials expressed confidence that the consecutive successes mark a turnaround from May and June, when the Army fell short in recruiting.
August Recruiting Numbers
I base my statement partly on personal experience. I joined the Navy Reserves in 2002. We weren’t in Iraq yet, so a lot of the reservists weren’t thinking that much about mobilization. After 9/11, being in the military garnered a lot of respect. Besides, the expansion of military spending meant a lot of opportunities were available for those who served or had served.
I was part of a program called the Non-prior Service. These were older recruits who went through a special training program.
Long story short: the Navy had to end the program a few years later because it was TOO SUCCESSFUL. So many people were signing up that the Navy didn’t have the resources to give them further training.
I expect with the high likelihood of mobilization, reserve duty is less appealing. But if we go back to the old days of relative peace, a lot of people will see military service as a very good deal.
I joined at age 35 and it was one of the best decisions of my life. The military really can show someone what they truly can do. So few institutions today really push people to do their best any more.
My youngest went Army 3 weeks ago. Wanted the $20k.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
LOL, you had me going there for a second.
You nailed it!
Too few recruits = bad war (Bush’s fault)
Too many recruits = bad economy (Bush’s fault)
Ah yes, the “peace dividend”. They won’t even authorize a Cold War Medal for those of us who helped defeat the Soviet Union. Political overtones doncha know? My father gets a HUGE kick out of bragging about his daughter getting asked to come back out of retirement (retired in August 2001) when HE did not!!!
Now I’m willing to stay as long as they’ll have me to help fight this war that the terrorists escalated on 9-11, to a level we could no longer ignore.