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All Military Services Meet or Exceed December Recruiting Goals
American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley

Posted on 01/12/2009 3:47:53 PM PST by SandRat

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2009 – December was a recruiting success for all active-duty and reserve-component U.S. military services, which all met or exceeded their goals, according to a Defense Department news release issued today.

-- The Army signed 860 new active-duty soldiers, 115 percent of its target number of 750 enlistees.

-- The Navy signed 2,306 new active-duty sailors, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

-- The Marine Corps signed 2,392 new active-duty Marines, 113 percent of its target number of 2,116 enlistees.

-- The Air Force signed 2,967 new active-duty airmen, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

“All services continue to meet or exceed their active-duty recruiting goals, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our recruiters, and those who continue to step up and serve,” Eileen Lainez, a Defense Department spokeswoman, said. “It speaks volumes for the dedication and loyalty of our nation and its volunteers.’

In addition, the active Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force all exceeded December retention goals.

All six Guard and Reserve forces also met or exceeded their December recruiting goals.

-- The Army National Guard signed 6,607 new soldiers, 143 percent of its target of 4,625 enlistees.

-- The Army Reserve signed 3,335 new soldiers, 112 percent of its goal of 2,973 enlistees.

-- The Navy Reserve signed 538 new sailors, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

-- The Marine Corps Reserve signed 582 new Marines, meeting its target number of enlistees for the month.

-- The Air National Guard signed 803 new Air Guardsmen, 111 percent of its target number of enlistees.

-- The Air Force Reserve signed 701 new airmen, 102 percent of its target number of enlistees.

December attrition losses in all reserve components were within acceptable limits, officials said.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: cicobama; exceed; goals; meet; obamadod; recruiting; recruitment; usmilitary

1 posted on 01/12/2009 3:47:53 PM PST by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Hmmm....any with MBAs?


2 posted on 01/12/2009 3:50:05 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: proxy_user

Don’t know.


3 posted on 01/12/2009 3:54:07 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: proxy_user; celtic gal; ladyvet; SkyPilot; Navy Patriot; unkus; flat; freekitty

Rumor is that re-enlistments will be dropping off as our brave patriots choose to not serve under a corrupt Socialist leader. BTW, leader is a joke; he’s no leader! He’s a national disgrace, IMO.


4 posted on 01/12/2009 3:54:23 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: proxy_user

What do you mean? They can get an MBA while in service.


5 posted on 01/12/2009 3:54:26 PM PST by unkus
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I agree. Enlistments and re-enlistments are going to drop dramatically. At least for qualified people.


6 posted on 01/12/2009 3:56:40 PM PST by unkus
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To: SandRat

The Obama effect?


7 posted on 01/12/2009 3:59:47 PM PST by flyfree
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To: SandRat

The bad economy is also not hurting enlistment rate.


8 posted on 01/12/2009 4:00:45 PM PST by Signalman
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To: SandRat

Nope, the military will be fine. Try to find a job right now.


9 posted on 01/12/2009 4:01:14 PM PST by lookout88 (Combat search and rescue officer's dad.)
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To: Bobkk47

Bad economy should increase recruitment rates.

Also, I would think more minorities would want to serve under Obama (just a wild guess here, but if they really are enamered with him, wouldn’t they want to serve under him?)

My guess is, if he asks, recuitment, at least initially, would increase.


10 posted on 01/12/2009 4:02:18 PM PST by flyfree
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To: proxy_user
Undoubtedly several in the retention numbers.

Why?

11 posted on 01/12/2009 4:02:19 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Faith Manages. I consider myself a bit of a purist, and proud of it.)
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To: flyfree

Yes, One’s own pocket book is motivation for many more than is partisanship or ideology. And since a high percentage of the young favored Obama, serving under him will draw a different demographic than serving under McCain, who was seen as old and out of touch by the young.

We may not like the above facts. But it is the truth. We will make a big mistake is we wander into the land of make believe.


12 posted on 01/12/2009 4:06:30 PM PST by spintreebob (.)
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To: SandRat

NOT to be reported by the Main Stream Media . . . unless they figure out a negative story line, like the Economy is tanking . . .wait, they used that already when the Economy was good and one quarter of recruiting was off 3%.

Someone may remember, or we can attribute this to Obama and the “Desire to Surge” for BHO.


13 posted on 01/12/2009 4:12:41 PM PST by 4Speed
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To: proxy_user
What the hell is that supposed to mean? I don't have a damn MBA. I've done 4 combat tours to Iraq and received the Purple Heart. But F' me, we're just idiots because we didn't get some piece of toilet paper at some liberal college that teaches such gems as Victimology (for you crim justice types). Guess all the guys dying for this country ain't worth squat if they didn't have an MBA.

Last I checked the most common thing sacrificed in today's colleges, is daddy's check book and angel's sense of dignity -- posted on the Internet after a sorority party.

And from what I've seen of college students in America, they don't even teach literacy or promote intelligent thought. Just be glad there are guys like me that decided to forgo college in order for ungrateful snot-nosed brats to be proud of their MBA and mock those that give them that right to begin with.

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." George Orwell

14 posted on 01/12/2009 4:13:13 PM PST by Operation_Shock_N_Awe (It used to be checks and balances/ now its blank bailout checks and negative budget balances)
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To: Bobkk47

I would have thot recruitment would be down, but with economy down, probably offsetting the O. effect.


15 posted on 01/12/2009 4:20:23 PM PST by bushwon
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To: proxy_user
Well when you have a sinking economy and joblessness go enlist.
16 posted on 01/12/2009 4:21:57 PM PST by boomop1
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Rumor is that re-enlistments will be dropping off as our brave patriots choose to not serve under a corrupt Socialist leader.

Except have you seen the job market right now? The military is a steady paycheck with excellent benefits. And, yes, some people are only in it for the money.

17 posted on 01/12/2009 4:27:12 PM PST by Drew68
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To: unkus; SandRat; All
" They can get an MBA while in service."

I did.

I've noticed how all the talk about irreparably damaging our military is now curiously absent from the media discourse. The truth is, we now have a proven, battle hardened fighting force that is more experienced, disciplined and lethal that at any other time in our history.

Granted, we have significant equipment degradation that needs to urgently be addressed. But the "health" of our human assets is excellent. We have NCO's and officers that are well equipped to lead our military into the first half of the new century.

18 posted on 01/12/2009 4:27:25 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: SandRat

Is this out to imply that our citizens are enthralled w/The ONE?


19 posted on 01/12/2009 4:27:41 PM PST by dbacks (God help the USA.)
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To: SandRat

Based on upcoming trends in economics, I expect recruiting to be high in 2009. However, in 2010, it will fall when Obama begins the cuts to military programs and cutting soldiers (per Congressman Barney Frank)...


20 posted on 01/12/2009 4:27:45 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: Thunder90
..(per Congressman Barney Frank Bawney Fwwank)...
21 posted on 01/12/2009 4:32:04 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Big_Monkey

You are right on. Thank you for your service.


22 posted on 01/12/2009 4:34:15 PM PST by unkus
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To: SandRat

Media is silent. We only hear when the military has not reached it’s goals, like we are supposed to be happy about it.


23 posted on 01/12/2009 4:40:40 PM PST by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: Operation_Shock_N_Awe; proxy_user
I think PU's point was that there are more than likely several Wall Street MBA's now looking for work that jokingly or not might be included in the initial enlistment numbers.

I sincerely doubt the posters intent was to insult those serving without MBA's, since that would be nearly everybody in uniform, and certainly pretty much everybody in the combat branches.

Thanks for your service.

24 posted on 01/12/2009 4:47:23 PM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: SandRat
...U.S. military services, which all met or exceeded their goals...

Take that HIPPIE SCUM!!

25 posted on 01/12/2009 5:00:36 PM PST by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: xsrdx; proxy_user
Thought about that possibility after it was posted and a follow up cigarette and a cup of coffee; however, there was no other context with it (first reply). And, I've been hit for leaving off a sarcasm tag a time or two myself; I took it at face value.

While I admit, some join the military for the money and lack of employment opportunities (nor am I saying that just because a person is in the military is beyond criticism), servicemembers are constantly being labeled as undereducated slackers with nothing else going for them and couldn't get "real jobs."

ie Senator Harkin (McCain never had a real job); Sen Metzenbaum (John Glenn never had a real job) etc etc.

26 posted on 01/12/2009 5:57:47 PM PST by Operation_Shock_N_Awe (It used to be checks and balances/ now its blank bailout checks and negative budget balances)
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To: unkus

The military is a good job and in bad times enlistments alsways go up. You watch it’ll be the making of some of them folks.


27 posted on 01/12/2009 6:15:15 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: SandRat

The military does very well in a recession. The retention rates will remain high for as long as this lasts.


28 posted on 01/12/2009 7:57:01 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: SandRat

The 860 figure for the Army seems to me to be low.


29 posted on 01/12/2009 7:59:45 PM PST by Radix (There are 2 kinds of people in this world. Those with loaded guns & those who dig. You dig.)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...

Head of the Class -- Iraqi Police Col. Laftaa Mahdy, commander of Al Jadida police station in the Karadah District of eastern Baghdad, talks to the students of Al Musqdad primary school, before presenting clothing and games to the children, Jan. 4. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jessika Malott.

30 posted on 01/12/2009 8:00:20 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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