August 26, 2005
The active Armys fiscal 2005 recruiting goal is 80,000, but Schoomaker said he and his generals are predicting that the service will be a couple of thousand short when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
That shortfall can be absorbed without affecting the Armys operations, Schoomaker said, because it only takes 72,000 new recruits to sustain the force.
What this really means is that were not building the 30,000 [increase] as fast as Id like, Schoomaker said, referring to the Armys ongoing effort to boost its end-strength from 480,000 to 510,000 by 2007.
So the goal is set higher than what they need. It's not good to be short, but it's not the end of the world, as some would like us to believe. Schoomaker continues:
But when it comes to judging the Armys health, it is the Armys continuing success at keeping soldiers, not bringing in new ones, that is the services true report card, Schoomaker said.
All 10 of the active Armys divisions have met 100 percent or more of their retention goals, Schoomaker said, with the highest re-enlistments posted by units either in combat or freshly home from Iraq or Afghanistan.
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