Washington, Sep 22 : Low unemployment combined with a strong economy means the US Army is unlikely to meet its recruitment goal for the 2018 fiscal year, according to the military.
About 70,000 have signed up so far this fiscal year, which ends September 30, meaning the Army is unlikely to meet its target of 76,500.
“About 70,000 Americans joined the Regular Army in FY18, the most to enlist in a single year since 2010 — and every single recruit either met or exceeded DoD (Department of Defence) standards. The Army will fall short of its 2018 recruiting goal. We made a decision to raise the quality of our recruits despite the tough recruiting environment,” the Army said in a statement on Friday.
The 70,000 personnel that joined include about 4,000 to 5,000 recruits with prior military service, along with other personnel already in the recruiting process. 57,683 new recruits had joined the Army through August 18.
Around 476,000 troops currently serve in the Army and the goal is to expand that to 500,000 by 2024.