© 2021 Stars and Stripes. But the Army is the only service in recent years to fail to meet its recruiting goal or to attempt a ground-up rebuild of its recruiting and marketing enterprise. The Marine Corps is also aiming to reach its recruiting goals this year. Bradley Martin, a recruiter in Tampa, said he spoke to a young man who, like many, got laid off because of the pandemic’s economic impact. Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, the Army’s personnel chief, credited stronger-than-anticipated retention numbers and an adaptable recruiting force amid the pandemic with ensuring the service reached it Congress-mandated target of 485,383 active-duty soldiers by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Over 1,600 soldiers signed three- to 11-month contract extensions, with 139 then re-enlisting again. Recruiters help train those who are preparing to ship off to basic training by introducing them to Army customs and traditions like physical fitness. That came as the Army in March shut its 1,4000 recruiting stations across the nation to the public and moved its efforts solely online. By Thomas Brading, Army News Service WASHINGTON -- After changing the way it interests young people, the Army is on course to exceed its recruiting goals for another year in a row, said the force's top recruiting officer. The first quarter of 2020 … See other free reports here. The Army met its active duty end-strength goal for 2020, which stood at 485,000 soldiers, largely thanks to strong retention numbers among soldiers already in the force. Download the Report Part of U.S. Military Forces in FY2020: The Struggle to Align Forces with Strategy The U.S. Army’s effort to grow its force structure has been stymied by recruitment challenges, making it difficult to expand for day-to-day operations, creation of new capabilities, and wartime surge. More people wanted to stay in the Army, which meant we needed fewer people to enlist than we initially expected," said Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Officers who begin their careers in those fields— such as infantry, armor and field artillery — have long produced the bulk of the Army's three- and four-star generals. Though the Army has yet to actually set an official recruiting goal for this year, leaders are confident they're going to bring in more soldiers … 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… Staff Sgt. The first quarter of 2020 … “We actually finished the year 5,000 over the end-strength that we wanted,” McConville added. “We're continuing to focus on assessing a diverse force that is representative of our nation — the nation that we serve,” Vereen said, adding one of his goals toward increasing female enlistments is to bring more women into the Army’s recruiting force. "We have seen how valuable these changes are for our personnel, and we will continue to use them when the pandemic is over as well as work to do even more to streamline the process.". U.S. The retention increase allowed the Army to lower its recruitment expectation of 68,000 to about 62,000. About 18% of new recruits were female, also a slight improvement, he said. Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here. "We made a lot of changes in a short period of time," Vereen said. WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Army announced today that it will achieve its recruiting goals for Fiscal Year 2019.The regular Army signed more than 68,000 new active-duty … It was achieved despite recruiting limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, largely though retention of soldiers through short-term re-enlistment options. Dustin Wells, a recruiter with the Greenfield Recruiting Center, Milwaukee Company, leads future soldiers in physical exercise on Aug. 6, 2020. The theme of the latest recruitment drive is a response to research commissioned by the British Army from November 2020, which found 81% of the 1,003 16 to 25-year-olds surveyed were unable to achieve goals … The theme of the latest recruitment drive is a response to research commissioned by the British Army from November 2020, which found 81% of the 1,003 16 to 25-year-olds surveyed were unable to achieve goals … More than 1,600 soldiers signed three- to 11-month contract extensions allowing them to stay in the service. In this image provided by the U.S. Army, recent Army basic combat training graduates have their temperatures taken as they arrive at Fort Lee, Va, on March 31, 2020, after being transported … “He was sitting around thinking about his future and said he wanted to do something to be successful,” said Martin, who spoke to the prospect through FaceTime about Army … Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense released a timeline Friday detailing its planning and response leading up to Wednesday's riot in the Capitol Building. WASHINGTON — The Army reached its key recruiting and retention goals for fiscal year 2020 despite challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, top service officials announced Friday. “Some of the opportunities and changes we’ve identified about how to leverage virtual training [and recruiting] opportunities …. The Army inched past its personnel target for the 2020 fiscal year by convincing more soldiers to remain in uniform, making up for a dip in initial recruitment figures sparked by the COVID … All 14,000 Army recruiting stations closed for several months, beginning on Mar. Still, that goes a long way in filling out the Army’s 2020 goals. Table 1: Army End Strength – Regular and Civilians Source: BCT data in Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller), Defense Budget Overview: Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request (Washington, DC: Department of Defense, March 2019), Appendix A, Table A-4, A-2, https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/ defbudget/fy2020/fy2020_Budget_Request_Overview_Book.pdf; End Strength data in De… In fiscal year 2020, the service saw some incremental improvements in the diversity among new enlistees. Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A member of the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division died this week when his vehicle overturned during training in South Korea, the Army reported. Evans said he is especially focused on bringing new minority and female officers into front-line combat arms roles, which have been long dominated by white men. Dustin Wells, a recruiter with the Greenfield Recruiting Center, Milwaukee … FISCAL YEAR 2018 OVERVIEW . Bringing quality young men and women into the Army - people who will complete their tours of duty and make a contribution to the Nation’s defense - is the objective of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command as it goes about the mission of providing the strength for America’s Army. And that will continue well into the future, but especially in 2021 as the Army continues to be impacted by the pandemic while also expecting to be ordered to increase the force, Vereen and Brito said. Once the goal is met, any surplus of recruits … The first quarter of 2020 has outpaced last year’s by nearly 2,300 new enlistments, said Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, commander of U.S. Army Recruiting … Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense and Commerce will seek public input on development of 5G communication networks, they announced on Monday. Lana Del Rey unveils, defends 'Chemtrails Over the Country Club' album cover, Kim Yo Jong, sister of leader, missing from North Korea Politburo list, House Democrats introduce article of impeachment to remove Trump, Pro-Trump social app Parler sues Amazon after being booted from servers, Florida's water brawl with Georgia nears historic SCOTUS hearing, Congress certifies Electoral College vote. Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The new U.S. Smaller growth … The Army's end-strength goal for 2020 is roughly 485,000 active-duty troops by Sept. 30, said Dr. E. Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. But he anticipated that percentage was somewhat higher than the 33% of non-white officers commissioned into the service in fiscal year 2019. The Army set a goal of 76,500 recruits and pulled in fewer than 70,000, according to Defense Department figures. Digital technology helping Army exceed 2020 recruitment goals. By Thomas Brading Army News Service. New marketing plays up future careers in … The Army’s end-strength goal for 2020 is roughly 485,000 active-duty troops by Sept. 30, said Dr. E. Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. The ongoing pandemic forced the Army to alter its approaches to recruiting and retention. Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she spoke with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley about preventing an "unhinged president" from using nuclear codes. Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Force was designated the 18th member of the U.S. Intelligence Community in a ceremony featuring John Ratcliffe, National Intelligence director. The Army brought in 62,150 new soldiers this year, according to Army Recruiting Command’s Maj. Gen. Kevin Vareen, though that was well below the original goal set late last year, of … The army's goal is to enlist between 63,000 and 67,000 people in Fiscal Year 2020, with a total strength goal of 485,000 soldiers. Naval Community College, 5 universities partner for new program. New marketing plays up future careers in … With the goal of recruiting about 68,000 soldiers in 2020, the Army is now trying to broaden its appeal beyond traditional recruitment pools. Staff Sgt. Televised adverts show a soldier overcoming their struggle to keep pace on a training march (Karmarama/The British Army/PA) “The recruitment campaign in 2020 was one of our most … By Haley Britzky February 21, 2020 News SHARE. Non-whites made up about 47% of the 62,150 recruits the Army shipped to basic training that year, up from about 45% in 2018 and 2019, said Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, the chief of Army Recruiting Command. Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A long-awaited seaborne defensive laser weapon system known as HELIOS was delivered to the U.S. Navy for testing, builder Lockheed Martin announced on Monday. The Air Force in 2020 will continue its efforts to combine recruiting for active-duty, Guard and Reserve airmen into one “total force recruiting” system. Naval Community College announced on Friday that it will partner with five U.S. universities on in launching a pilot program of education. By Thomas Brading, Army News Service February 21, 2020. The Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps hit their goals last fiscal year, … Copyright © 2021 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. “That really is [about] the desire to ensure that we have people … 25, 30 years down the road who are going to be our senior leaders — making sure we have got great diversity there, as well.". The Army’s end-strength goal for 2020 is roughly 485,000 active-duty troops by Sept. 30, said Dr. E. Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. 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… Muth, whose enlistment goal for the year is 69,000, and Bierman said they’ll need to transition back to regular recruiting as soon as possible, but they don’t know when. A year after missing its recruitment goals for the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Army announced on Sept. 17 that it will meet its target of 68,000 new soldiers for the 2019 fiscal year. FEBRUARY 25, 2020 – After changing the way it interests young people, the Army is on course to exceed its recruiting goals for another year in a row, said the force’s top recruiting officer. With modernization, the Army … The Army announced on Friday that it met its recruitment and retention goals for Fiscal Year 2020. With the goal of recruiting about 68,000 soldiers in 2020, the Army is now trying to broaden its appeal beyond traditional recruitment pools. Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army reached its recruiting and retention goals for fiscal year 2020, but officials said additional diversity in the ranks must be encouraged. Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A 10-year "navigation plan" by the U.S. Navy's chief of naval operations to counter Russian and Chinese threats was released on Monday. For two months beginning in April, no recruits entered Army basic training. Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge. Army hits 2020 recruiting, retention goals amid pandemic, but top officials say more diversity needed. “We can do 90% of our [recruit] processing and recruiting operations online. NEWS: Despite a global pandemic and a contentious election year, Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen said the U.S. Army met recruitment goals. About 19% of new Army officers in 2020 were female, roughly the same percentage as in 2019, he said. “We’re looking at all aspects of the [diversity] problem … toward making it better for future soldiers and the leaders who will represent [the Army] in the near-term and the out years.”. Brito anticipated the active force would grow by another 1,000 to 1,500 soldiers in fiscal year 2021, but he and other top Army officials also said they hoped those increases would include more women and minorities next year. Non-white recruits composed 47% of the 2020 total, up from about 45% in 2018 and 2019. While the health of the economy is a factor, blaming this for recruitment … Army hits 2020 recruiting, retention goals amid pandemic, but top officials say more diversity needed Staff Sgt. U.S. Navy releases 10-year plan to compete with China, Russia. U.S. soldier dies in rollover accident in South Korea. Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army reached its recruiting and retention goals for fiscal year 2020, but officials said additional diversity in the ranks must be encouraged. All Rights Reserved. The drive for more diversity within the Army’s recruits comes as the service — and the military overall — has taken steps in recent months to address issues that top officials have said contributed to minorities and women rarely reaching the service’s highest ranks. Space Force joins U.S. Intelligence Community. With an expressed goal of welcoming more minorities and women into the service, the Army made slight improvements in diversity during Fiscal Year 2020. The successful recruiting overhaul allowed the Army to revise and increase its end-strength goal for fiscal 2020 to 485,000 active Army soldiers, putting it in a strong position for fiscal 2021. Brito said the economic downturn as coronavirus spread across the country in the spring along with new, short-term reenlistment options likely contributed to more soldiers choosing to stay in the Army than in recent years. “It has really streamlined our processing,” he said. Pelosi tells Joint Chiefs of concern about Trump's access to nuclear codes. Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The flight of two B-52 bombers from the United States to the Middle East is the fourth such show of force in the past 60 days, U.S. Central Command said. Once … The overall increase in retention allowed the Army to lower its recruiting goal for the coronavirus-impacted year, once about 68,000, to about 62,000. Recruiters learned they could still find recruits through social media and other internet platforms, and talk to them on the phone and in virtual meetings. The Army, for example, has banned photographs from promotions packets, and it is working toward removing all further identifying information from them that could indicate race, ethnicity or gender. Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The "Elevate" innovation hub at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the first to receive designation as an Air Force defense laboratory, it announced on Monday, as part of an effort to more quickly acquire new technology. Army Staff Sgt. The Army's end-strength goal for 2020 is roughly 485,000 active-duty troops by Sept. 30, said Dr. E. Casey Wardynski, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. A complication for Navy recruiting efforts is tucked inside the White House’s FY 2020 budget request which proposes canceling a popular recruiting tool, the Public Service Loan … By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 9, 2020. “DOD has identified that female recruitment and retention is important to diversity in the military, but the services do not have plans that include goals, performance measures, or timeframes … A series of new television recruitment ads feature mothers and fathers in war settings, trying to convince their children not to join the Army. The Army saw a slight increase in the numbers of new minority officers, as well. “The uniformed and civilian leadership of our Army are taking these issues very seriously,” Brito told reporters Friday in a telephone news briefing. Pentagon releases timeline on planning and response to riot. Another 1,000 extended their commitments into fiscal year 2021. The Army inched past its personnel target for the 2020 fiscal year by convincing more soldiers to remain in uniform, making up for a dip in initial recruitment figures sparked by the COVID … "We're encouraging much more diversity in those traditional combat arms branches," Evans said. About 18% were female, an incremental improvement. Lockheed Martin delivers HELIOS laser weapon to U.S. Navy. The Army saw the enlistment of 62,150 new soldiers in the year ending Sept. 30, bringing its total enlistment, mandated by Congress, to its goal of 485,383. 18, because of the pandemic, and shifted to all-virtual operations. In 2018 the US Army failed to meet its recruitment goals for the first time since the height of the Iraq war in 2005.Military leaders have attributed that failure to the strong US job market drawing talent away with the promise of lucrative private sector careers. 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