Army Fell 20,000 Below Recruiting Goals

Army Fell 20,000 Below Recruiting Goals

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Final end-of-the-fiscal year statistics show the Army fell more than 20,000 recruits short of its recruiting goals in fiscal 2018.

The Regular Army finished the year on Oct. 1 short by 6,528 from its goal of 76,500 accessions. The Army National Guard fell 9,713 short of its 44,342 goal. The Army Reserve was 4,273 short of its 15,600 goal.

The year-end numbers are not a surprise. Army leaders announced in September that a combination of challenges made it impossible to meet ambitious recruiting targets unless they were to sacrifice quality, a step they were not willing to take. They have vowed to make a new, more aggressive recruiting push in 2019.

“There will be no change in standards,” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said.

A review is underway of Army recruiting and marketing programs. Some early steps have included increasing the number of recruiters, improving recruiting stations and putting more focus on trying to attract new recruits through social media.