ANSWER: recruitment goal numbers

I didn't find reports from June 2003, 2004, and 2005 for easy comparison or that exactly support what you're after. Finding those numbers for each specific force (i.e. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, the Reserves for each.) might be more doable by searching the news releases on the DoD site. Another problem is that it seems that they work by fiscal, rather than calendar, year, so there won't be any 2005 figures.

Here's a nice chart from, page 19, accessed July 2, 2005.

I've retyped this chart from, page 10, accessed July 2, 2005.

Table 1: Recruiting 2002 Actual 2003 Actual 2004 Goal 2004 Actual
Active Army 79,585 74,132 77,000 77,587
Army Reserve 41,697 27,365 32,275 32,699
Army National Guard 63,251 84,202 56,002 49,210

The info from this retyped chart, doesn't entirely match, page 31, accessed July 2, 2005, but that may be because it's from the 3rd quarter.

Enlisted Recruiting: FY 2004 Performance Through 3rd Quarter
Army, Active 55,607 target 56,165 achieved
Navy, Active 25,729 target 25,723 achieved
Air Force, Active 26,790 target 27,082 achieved
Marine Corps, Active 19,761 target 19,930 achieved

I found this graphic from the CQ Homeland Security database
(subscription database). "Where is the Army Today?" CQ Weekly, August 2, 2003. 1980.

Another adorable graphic from, accessed July 2, 2005, page 10.

I searched,, Jane's Online Research, CQ Homeland Security, and ProQuest. (The last three are subscription databases available via various public and acadmic libraries.) Search strategies included:

  • search engine--recruitment goal OR goals
    DOD quantity recruit OR recruitment OR recruiting
    DOD military 2005 2004 2003 quantity recruit OR recruitment OR recruiting
    DOD military 2005 2004 2003 quantity recruit OR recruitment OR recruiting "force management risk"
  • site--<recruitment and statistics>
  • Jane's Online Research--<recruitment and statistics>,<recruitment and statistics and (army or navy or marines or "air force")>
  • Proquest: (military and (quantity or number*)) AND (recruit* and "united states") AND (statistic*) AND PDN(>1/1/2000) {the PDN thing means that I was looking only for articles published after January 2000)

Collected links:

A couple of articles found in ProQuest:

  • Army's Top Recruiter Says 2006 May Be Biggest Test Damien Cave. New York Times. (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: May 13, 2005. pg. A.20
  • Recruiting numbers bounce back for Army; [Chicago Final Edition] Associated Press. Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Ill.: Jun 30, 2005. pg. 4

I'm not sure this entirely answers your question, but it's a start. Please write again for clarification or additional research.

Jenna radrefjenna at yahoo