DoD has released the results of recruiting in the first half of FY11. Not surprisingly, recruiting has done well in this tough economy.
Recruiting and retention has stayed high throughout the military for the first half of the fiscal year, according to Defense Department numbers released today.
As a citizen, I’d much prefer we were in good economic times, and recruiters had to compete more for quality applicants. But from the Army’s perspective, the wider available pool of potential recruits has some real benefits.
First, the Army is able to make its numbers. That’s the first hurdle.
Second, the Army is able to be much choosier about who it actually accepts for enlistment. That yields a higher quality force. And don’t forget, the fact that the Army actually accessed more than its target, along with the higher quality of recruits means there is greater freedom for commanders to administratively discharge the least productive soldiers that are already in their units.