Recruiting and Retention: A Brief Overview of FY2004 Results for Active Component Personnel [December 30, 2004]   [open pdf - 36KB]

"This report provides a brief overview of the FY2004 recruiting and retention rates for active component personnel. This report does not cover recruiting and retention rates for reserve component personnel. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the United States has launched three major military operations: Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), which covers military operations related to homeland security; Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), which includes ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and certain other countries; and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), which includes ongoing military operations in Iraq. ONE, OEF, and OIF have dramatically increased the operations tempo of the military services, and especially of the Army, which has shouldered the bulk of the manpower burden associated with the occupation of Iraq. Additionally, more military personnel have been killed or wounded in Iraq than in any other conflict since the Vietnam war. Many observers have expressed concern that the current operations tempo, and the level of casualties in Iraq, might lead to lower recruiting and retention rates, thereby jeopardizing the vitality of today's all-volunteer military. To date, recruiting and retention rates for active component officer and enlisted personnel have remained generally strong. There are, however, some areas of concern. Most importantly, the Army will face significant recruiting and retention challenges in the coming year due to its increased recruiting and retention goals for FY2005, coupled with the relatively small number of people in the its 'delayed entry pool'(which consists of individuals who have signed a contract to join the military at a future date). This report will be updated as necessary."

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