Military meets or exceeds recruiting and retention goals

posted at 1:24 pm on October 10, 2007 by Bryan

Dog bites man, I guess.

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Click on the link to check out all the stats.

The military is doing this well at recruiting and retention, across the board, with two ongoing wars, the “General Betrayus” idiocy, a hostile press that treats military leadership like it’s either corrupt or stupid, and with miscreants like Jack Murtha and Ted Rall smearing the troops as war criminals. If any of these stats were to fall off for any reason, you can bet that the MSM would trumpet it. And they would blame it on Bush or the war, not the left’s campaign of demoralization. As things stand, this will be one of the few places that you hear about it.


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Defector01 on October 10, 2007 at 1:25 PM

Oh dear oh dear oh dear, Bryan how dare you post such “Inconvenient truths“…..

doriangrey on October 10, 2007 at 1:29 PM

The AP, predictably, follows this news with warnings of how much harder things will be in ’08. sheesh!

TBinSTL on October 10, 2007 at 1:33 PM

Thank you for posting this.

If you listen to the MSM, the Military is falling apart and there are only about ten guys in reserve.

americaslaststand on October 10, 2007 at 1:34 PM

My eldest boy just informed me yesterday that he’s signing up for another hitch in the Navy. I guess he doesn’t read the newspapers.

spd rdr on October 10, 2007 at 1:37 PM

You all don’t understand! Recruiting is up because of our failed economy that is forcing our young people into the military as an employer of last resort. [end sarcasm]

highhopes on October 10, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Nope, I am sorry highhopes, you have it completely wrong. The numbers are up because the high school drop-out rate is so high.

On-my-soap-box on October 10, 2007 at 1:51 PM

My eldest boy just informed me yesterday that he’s signing up for another hitch in the Navy. I guess he doesn’t read the newspapers.

spd rdr

God bless him, you must be a proud parent

Defector01 on October 10, 2007 at 1:51 PM

This seems to be good news, as far as it goes. Let me ask, please, whether the Department has any reputation, among reasonable men, for adjusting its goals downward in order to take account of lower expectations. A worthy question about these latest achievements is whether the Department had to make any sizeable concessions (higher pay and benefits or easier terms of enlistment) in order to meet its goals. One needs information on these points, if it’s available, in order to better estimate the size of the Department’s victory over the Americans’ mass media.

Kralizec on October 10, 2007 at 1:52 PM

You linked to Ted Rall, why, again? Giving that subhuman any traffic is like giving your rottweiler a dog treat after it mauls a baby.

stivv on October 10, 2007 at 1:52 PM

May God Bless them all.

Zorro on October 10, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Super news, and Godspeed and safety to all!

T J Green on October 10, 2007 at 1:56 PM

Army: 80,407 [Accessions] 80,000 [Goal]
Navy: 37,361 [Accessions] 37,000 [Goal]
Marine Corps: 35,603 [Accessions] 35,576 [Goal]
Air Force: 27,801 [Accessions] 27,801 [Goal]

Let me predict how the AP will report this ……

AP: “Air Force Only Military Branch That Meets Recruitment Goals. Others Miss Their Objectives.”

fogw on October 10, 2007 at 1:57 PM

fogw on October 10, 2007 at 1:57 PM

Funny. Sad. True.

Spirit of 1776 on October 10, 2007 at 2:02 PM

Good for the Army. They have to recruit almost as many as the other 3 services combined. Just for the record Accessions are those that actually make it to Basic Training. I am not sure what the percentage is nowadays of those who enlist but never ship to basic for whatever reason is. It used to be around 10 – 15%.

LakeRuins on October 10, 2007 at 2:02 PM

Kralizec on October 10, 2007 at 1:52 PM

Recruitment numbers are derived from Congressionally-set end strength numbers, so there’s no downward adjustment of goals to meet negative recruiting conditions.

The use of incentives, financial or otherwise, has always been in recruiters’ toolboxes. I would probably guess (totally uninformed guess, mind you) that there has lately been an increase in the use of those tools, but there’s nothing out of bounds about that.

James on October 10, 2007 at 2:04 PM

Thank God for our soldiers. We sure do need them these days.

NTWR on October 10, 2007 at 2:04 PM

Excellent….unleash the dogs of war
[/mr burns]

Ochlan on October 10, 2007 at 2:10 PM

But but but didn’t I just read the other day a story that said minorities were NOT enlisting? How oh how can we use them as bullet catchers to shield our white troops if minorities don’t sign up? (sarc)

Tony737 on October 10, 2007 at 2:13 PM

God bless america. If only the average american were a honorable.

tomas on October 10, 2007 at 2:17 PM

How oh how can we use them as bullet catchers to shield our white troops if minorities don’t sign up?

Lower the crotches of BDUs ?

Ochlan on October 10, 2007 at 2:18 PM

A friend of mine just enlisted in the marines.

aengus on October 10, 2007 at 2:25 PM

You linked to Ted Rall, why, again? Giving that subhuman any traffic is like giving your rottweiler a dog treat after it mauls a baby.

stivv on October 10, 2007 at 1:52 PM

To show everyone what a hugh cockroach he is and that he cant hide in the shadows ?

Rall spews to his liberal freinds but most americans dont know who he is. Rall needs to have a light shined (not shoved) on his ass so he cant hide his hatrid spew

William Amos on October 10, 2007 at 2:25 PM

The numbers are tricky. Where’s the trend? LMAO

Dusty on October 10, 2007 at 2:32 PM

Take that you liberal scum in San Francisco

Winebabe on October 10, 2007 at 2:56 PM

Hopefully we won’t see how the Democratic Communist Party turns the best military in the world into the new draft.

I recently attended a funeral for a Marine officer killed by a sniper in Iraq. There was a great story involved with this Marine’s death that will never appear in the media, but his father got up with tears and a chocked throat and told the story to those attending.

This country continues to produce heroes while the lunatics and traitors fill Congress.

Hening on October 10, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Military meets or exceeds recruiting and retention goals

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

AMERICAN WARRIORS!

Texas Gal on October 10, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Bryan, how dare you post this! We’re trying to raise a generation of people to hate the military and part of doing that is to make them believe that the enlisted are leaving in droves! We’ve been telling people that they’ve turned against the war, and these numbers will make us look like a-holes, so please stop spreading around these “facts” and “figures”.

Besides, we’ll just tell people that it’s because Bush’s economy sucks so bad they couldn’t get a job any other way (any of the 8.1 million created in the past 4 years). Oh wait, we botched the joke!

RightWinged on October 10, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Because it totally wasn’t Donald Rumsfeld who said the Military was stretched thin.

Nonfactor on October 10, 2007 at 3:36 PM

The military is doing this well at recruiting and retention, across the board, with two ongoing wars, the “General Betrayus” idiocy, a hostile press that treats military leadership like it’s either corrupt or stupid, and with miscreants like Jack Murtha and Ted Rall smearing the troops as war criminals.

I think the Code Pinkos would question the timing. LOL.

TO: Code Pinko Loons
FROM: A Proud Nation
RE: You’re an idiot!
TEXT: Wake up and smell the patriotism, you half-witted harpies (wink to Ann Coulter).

Lone Star on October 10, 2007 at 3:43 PM

And all of those goals were accomplished with liberals and the enemedia doing everything within their power to smear the troops, oppose recruiting efforts, destroy morale, and just generally lose the war. Fortunately–as always–our troops are better, and better Americans, than they are. /salute!

ReubenJCogburn on October 10, 2007 at 5:14 PM

My brother and four of his friends joined up for army infantry. They are no slacks either. My brother went in in January and was sent to Iraq on June 6th. He has already received the army commendation medal for valor. (Sorry I had to brag)Many people my age realize what this country is up against and good men are ready to fight. God bless them!

patriot2001 on October 10, 2007 at 8:48 PM

My nephew graduates from boot camp at the end of the month..Marines.

Hey Bryan, how come no story about the amount of black enlistee’s being down..the Boston Globe thought it was an issue yesterday? :)

Defense Department statistics show the number of young black enlistees has fallen by more than 58 percent since fiscal year 2000.

“The main thing everyone has to realize is that an all-volunteer force is just that,” said S. Douglas Smith, public affairs officer for the US Army Recruiting Command. “We try to make sure we communicate to every part of society and let them know what we have to offer. We try to be as open as we can about the risk of service and the benefits of service. After that, it’s a matter of people choosing if they want to come in and serve.”

Pam on October 10, 2007 at 9:23 PM

They could have had one more recruit had they not required me to get my ulnar nerve transposed BEFORE acceptance. (Granted, I’d have never made it through Basic pre-op). Well, after school ends there is always next summer to be accepted.

Tim Burton on October 10, 2007 at 10:32 PM

My nephew graduates from boot camp at the end of the month..Marines.

Hey Bryan, how come no story about the amount of black enlistee’s being down..the Boston Globe thought it was an issue yesterday? :)

Pam on October 10, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Pam, that was in the headlines here a few days ago, so Hot Air was actually ahead of the Globe on that story. And much respect and early congratulations to your nephew.

ReubenJCogburn on October 10, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Thanks Rueban..I haven’t caught the headlines as much as I need to I guess :) oops!

Pam on October 10, 2007 at 11:57 PM