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Recruiters pressed to meet mission despite reduced goals

Jan. 4, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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WHERE SOLDIERS ARE NEEDED

2014 targeted missions for recruiters include:

Regular ArmyArmy Reserve
Army Medical Department827620
Chaplains8580
Chaplain candidates050
Officer candidates325313
Special Forces (MOS 18X)1,5400
Translator (MOS 09L)4820
Band1290
Ordnance (MOS 89D)1000
SF officer/enlisted2,4000
Cultural support team2300
Regular ArmyArmy Reserve
Civil affairs officer/enlisted9620
Military Info. Support Ops officer/enlisted8000
160th SOAR aviator2200
160th SOAR non-aviator1340
Non-rated crew members2070
Aviation maintenance1250
Service support1550
Warrant officer (tech)5500
Warrant officer (flight)3160
Unmanned aircraft enlisted960

FORT KNOX, KY. — The Regular Army and Army Reserve recruiting missions for the coming year have been sharply reduced from previous levels as the service braces for a drawdown of nearly 40,000 soldiers in two years.

Under instructions from the Pentagon, recruiters are expected to enlist 57,000 soldiers for the Regular Army, and 18,300 for the Army Reserve, during the budget year that ends Sept. 30, 2014, said Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet, commander of the Army Recruiting Command.

The combined mission of 75,300 is nearly 14,000 fewer soldiers than in 2013, and well below the annual average of 93,220 since the Army began expanding the force for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003.

In addition to the standard recruiting missions, USAREC has been tasked with special missions to support officer accessions for the Army Medical Department branches and corps, the Chaplain Corps and candidates for federal Officer Candidate School. Additionally, USAREC has missions to recruit civilians for enlisted MOS 18X (Special Forces), musicians for Army bands and enlisted soldiers for MOS 09L (translator).

Batschelet also said the command has requirements for the in-service recruitment of soldiers to priority specialties and units.

These include aviators and non-rated aviators for service with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; officer and enlisted candidates for reclassification to Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations, and enlisted soldiers for appointment as aviation and technical service warrant officers, cultural support duty, aviation mechanics and unmanned aircraft systems repairers and operators.

Despite the declining mission totals, Batschelet said recruiters will have to work hard to make mission with quality soldiers.

That is because fewer young people are finding it very difficult, if not impossible, to find work in the civilian sector, according to research by USAREC.

With the easing of unemployment, young people are less inclined to opt for military service, Batschelet said. Another trend shows college benefits, a key marketing tool for the Army, may be losing some of its attraction.

Just a few years ago, nearly 90 percent of young people identified college benefits as important influencers in their decision to join the service. Today only 66 percent make that connection.

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