The morning papers all mention that the Army has exceeded its monthly recruiting goal in June. The headlines proclaim “US Army Ends 4-Month Recruiting Slump in June” and “For First Time in Months, Army Meets Its Recruiting Goal.”
According to the Pentagon, the Army signed by 6,157 recruits — exceeding its “goal” of 5,650 by 507 recruits.
The goal of 5,650, however, seems suspiciously low.
Here’s why: The original recruiting goal for May was 8,050. Then, with no public notice, the Army lowered its May goal to just 6,700. (Recruiting was so bad in May the Army still came up 25 percent short of the revised goal.)
Doesn’t it seem odd for the Pentagon to drastically lower its monthly recruiting goal again?
If the recruiting goal for June remained at May’s revised target of 6,700, the Army would have fallen short about 8 percent short this month; if the recruiting goal for June remained at May’s original target of 8,050 the Army would have fallen almost 24 percent short.