Recruiting, Retention, and Future Levels of Military Personnel
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, ongoing military operations including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Noble Eagle have required substantial increases in the number of military personnel deployed.1 As of July 31, 2006, about 180,000 active-duty service members and another 60,000 national guard and reserve members were deployed in support of those operations. The Army, supplying the bulk of the personnel, had about 110,000 active-duty troops and 50,000 Army National Guard and Army Reserve members deployed to the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters at that time. The militarys ability to maintain the force levels required to continue conducting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan rests on its ability to recruit and retain service members. Some military analysts and policymakers have expressed concern that the ongoing operations could detrimentally affect both recruiting and retention. The proportion of youth who say that they may join the military increased after September 11, 2001, but according to the Department of Defense s DoD s surveys of parents and other adults who influence youths decisions, a majority in 2005 said that they were less likely to recommend military service because of the war in Iraq.
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