Army will not meet its 2018 recruitment goal

Six months into the recruiting year, the U.S. Army is struggling to meet its recruiting goal, and is lowering that number goal as a result, the Association Press reports.

According to the article, the original plan was to recruit 80,000 active duty soldiers, but the service has only brought in 28,000 new soldiers thus far so the new goal is 76,500.

The struggle to meet this year’s recruiting numbers is in part due to a stronger economy, increased competition from the private sector that offers higher pay, and the strict physical requirements that many young people cannot meet, the report notes, adding that even with the lower number of new recruits, retaining service members has been more successful than in previous years.

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Tue, Sep 11, 2018 Steve Georgia

I agree with the comment concerning how the Recruiting Cmd. has gone away from individual missions. having spent many years in the Recruiting Cmd. I can tell you that leadership at the station level and unwavering support from company and battalion levels is critical to success. I recently became aware that the Retiree Recall program has restarted and is seeking recruiters. I went thru this program in the past and absolutely enjoyed it. However, if you want this program to really be successful then here are a few suggestions that will ensure a quick transition back to active duty and put successful recruiters in the foxholes: 1. Let recall soldiers take their over 40 physicals at local MEPS or OTC locations rather than at military bases.(you save money this way) 2. Set up UCDPP accounts so that recall soldiers can have uniforms sent to the soldier's home. 3. Provide commands with a memo explaining the basics of the program( no NCOERs,no PT, no promotions) and do not officially slot these soldiers in a position. This way they are truly additions and utilize them to help mentor and train recruiters. The Army should really consider making a third of all recruiters DA civilian positions (GS 9) at a minimum. This will promote continuity and support mission success. Lastly, just in case anyone was wondering, I am a Morrell recipient, with 14 years in the command having held every position from recruiter to Co 1SG.

Mon, Apr 30, 2018

the draft never really works it puts people in uniform that think someone else should do the door entry because they might get shot. it is not the wanna be heroes or the cya crowd that you need but the work hard and expect to get to play hard after the word is done crowd you to select people who might be able to the job to telling people we sell crafts not people lives to other countries.

Mon, Apr 23, 2018

That's because the U.S Army Recruiting Command went away from individual mandated missions per recruiter resulting in lack luster recruiting work ethic. They will need to revisit past policies in order to achieve future recruiting goals.

Mon, Apr 23, 2018 CRAIG

Wow, nice, so at my job, if I am not going to meet my goals, I can just lower the goal? LMAO I wonder if that works for standards on the PT Test? It didn't when I was there.

Mon, Apr 23, 2018 Jay Phelan NJ

A second reason for bringing back the draft - The first and best reason would be to have universal service so a complete cross section of America can share in its defense as well as learn to get along with each other

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