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The Army Reserve reduced its recruiting goal for this fiscal year by 3,000 as the component tries to balance strong recruiting and retention rates with staying within its authorized end-strength.
The Reserve cut its annual goal from 20,000 new soldiers to 17,000 on April 6. In March, the Reserve recruited 1,898 new soldiers, 111 percent of its goal of 1,714.
So far this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, the Reserve has recruited 10,999 new soldiers, 118 percent of the year-to-date goal of 9,360.
Also in March, the active Army recruited 6,615 new soldiers, 104 percent of the goal of 6,389. So far this year, the Army has brought in 36,129 new recruits, 102 percent of the year-to-date goal of 35,290. The Army's goal for the year is 74,500 new soldiers.
Army National Guard recruiters reported 6,774 new soldiers in March, 132 percent of the goal of 5,150. The Guard has recruited 29,718 new soldiers so far this year, 112 percent of its year-to-date goal of 26,463. The Guard's goal is to recruit 60,000 new soldiers this year.