The U.S. Army had its highest recruitment and retention success in five
years, in the fiscal year ending this past September. The army recruited
185,000 troops, with 43 percent for the active force, and the rest for the
reserves. All the other services combined recruited a bit less (139,000) than
the army total.
those thinking of enlisting are aware that the Iraq war has been one, and the
fighting in Afghanistan is much more limited (despite the headlines.) Last
month, 13 U.S. troops died in Iraq (seven from combat causes, the lowest ever)
and fifteen died in Afghanistan. With a recession under way, military
recruiters are seeing some relief from the stress of competing with so many
good civilian jobs.