October 2007 Recruiting Stats: No Surge Here!
DoD announced our military's recruiting and retention statistics for October 2007, the first month of the Fiscal Year 2008 recruiting year [ending September 30, 2008].
All services met or exceeded their goals, which are seasonally adjusted. The active-duty Army exceeded its goal of 4,500 by 64 [total 4,564] and the active-duty Marine Corps exceeded its goal of 2,720 by 68 [total 2,788]. The Air Force and Navy hit their targets exactly, i.e., as soon as they got the last new recruit they needed, they stopped.
We understand that the number of Army recruits in the pipeline [Delayed Entry Program] has dropped to a very low level. If our national civilian political leaders really care about the future of our country beyond January 20, 2009 or, worse, the next Election on November 4, 2008, they are certainly not showing that.