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Military meets recruiting, retention goals

April 25, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- The branches of the U.S. armed forces maintained high levels of recruiting and retention during the first half of fiscal year 2011, the Pentagon said Monday.

Through March, the active duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force met or exceeded their accession goals for fiscal 2011, which began Oct. 1, the Defense Department said in a release.

The Army and the Marine Corps exceeded their goals, the Pentagon said. The Army had 34,264 accessions, 102 percent of its 33,600 goal, while the Marines reported 11,497 accessions, slightly more than its goal of 11,468.

The Navy, with 16,011 accessions, and the Air Force, with 14,279 accessions, both met their goals, the Pentagon said.

In the reserve components, only the Air National Guard fell slightly short of its goal, the Defense Department said.

All of the service branches are on target with retention goals, Pentagon officials said.

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