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RECRUITING CHALLENGES


Labor market: Most challenging labor market since the inception of the all-volunteer force

Awareness: 50% of youth admit they know little to nothing about military service
Qualified youth: 71% of youth do not qualify for military service because of obesity, drugs, physical and mental health problems, misconduct, and aptitude
Family business: 79% of recruits have a relative who served
Disconnect with society: Only 1% of the population currently serves; veteran population is declining

 

FISCAL YEAR 2019 OVERVIEW

 

Quality: 3.2% fewer waivers than FY18, with the bulk of the reduction coming from conduct waivers. Lowest percentage of conduct waivers in two decades.
Diversity: Increased minority recruits by 3% over FY18. Active Army female enlistments are the highest they have been since 2004. Army Reserve female enlistments are the highest they have been since before the early 1990s.
Geography: The Army focused on 22 key cities and improved enlistments by an average of 15%.

 

FISCAL YEAR 2018 OVERVIEW

 

Regular Army (RA): 69,972 (91.5% of 76,500 goal)
Army Reserve (AR): 11,327 (72.8% of 15,600 goal)
Special Operations Recruiting Battalion: 4,137 (100% of 4,137 goal)
Warrant Officers: 1,690 (140% of 1,206 goal)
Medical Mission: 1701 (94.2% of 1805 goal)
Chaplains: 303 (101% of 299 goal)

Demographics
Male:     RA 82.9%     AR 67.9%

Female:     RA 17.1%     AR 32.1%
Caucasian:     RA 55.2%     AR 47.9%
African-American:     RA 20.8%     AR 23.3%
Hispanic:     RA 18.2%     AR 21.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander:     A 5.0%     AR 6.5%
Native American:     RA 0.8%     AR 0.8%

Education
* 95% of RA recruits and 93% of AR recruits had a high school diploma. The remainder were required to have a GED or state equivalency.
* 10% of RA and AR recruits had at least one semester of college prior to joining.
* 63.9% of both RA and AR recruits scored above a 50 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (the Department of Defense mandates no less than 60%)

Geography
About 50% of RA and AR recruits come from the following eight states:
     Texas (11.6%)
     California (10.6%)
     Florida (8.4%)
     North Carolina (4.8%)
     Georgia (4.7%)
     New York (3.6%)
     Ohio (3.3%)
     Virginia (3.1%)

Bonuses
Regular Army: 41,324 recruits received an average bonus of $11.8K
Army Reserve: 5,442 with average bonus of $9.1K

FISCAL YEAR 2019 OVERVIEW

 

Regular Army (RA): 68,185 (100% of 68,000 goal)
Army Reserve (AR): 15,304 (98% of 15,600 goal)
Special Operations Recruiting Battalion: 6083 (96% of 6363 goal)
Warrant Officers: 1,888 (140% of 1,347 goal)
Medical Mission: 2021 (106.59% of 1896goal)
Chaplains: 356 (108% of 330 goal)

Demographics
Male:     RA 82.2%     AR 67.5%
Female:     RA 17.8%     AR 32.5%
Caucasian:     RA 51.5%     AR 41.5%
African-American:     RA 22.3%     AR 25.9%
Hispanic:     RA 19.6%     AR 23.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander:     RA 5.9%     AR 8.9%
Native American:     RA 0.7%     AR 0.5%

Education
* 97.1% of RA recruits and 93.7% of AR recruits had a high school diploma. The remainder were required to have a GED or state equivalency.
* 10.9% of RA and 13.5% AR recruits had at least one semester of college prior to joining.
* 64.5% of RA and 60.6% of AR recruits scored above a 50 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (the Department of Defense mandates no less
than 60%)

Geography
About 50% of RA and AR recruits come from the following eight states:
     Texas (11.9%)
     California (10.9%)
     Florida (8.5%)
     Georgia (4.7%)
     New York (4.7%)
     North Carolina (4.6%)
     Ohio (3.0%)
     Illinois (3.0%)

Bonuses
Regular Army: 21,940 recruits received an average bonus of $15K
Army Reserve: 7,924 with average bonus of $11.6K