Reserves - Recruiting

New Initiatives Raise Hopes for Army to Reach Recruiting Goals

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2007 – The Army’s new “quick-ship” bonus program is showing success in getting prospective recruits to enlist and is expected to help the Army make its end-of-year recruiting goal, the Army’s recruiting chief told Pentagon reporters.

Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, credited the $20,000 quick-ship bonus with helping to motivate would-be soldiers who were “on the fence” into joining the ranks.

The program was introduced in late July to provide a financial incentive for recruits willing to ship off quickly to basic training. In August alone, 200 recruits who were planning to ship in September went a month early.

Bostick said it’s one of several recruiting initiatives the Army has put in place to ensure it meets its fiscal 2007 goals.

This year, for example, the average bonus was up to about $15,000, but some run as high as $40,000, the maximum allowed by Congress.

A new $15,000 bonus and a two-year Army College Fund contribution for soldiers taking the two-year enlistment option are gaining momentum, too, Bostick said. The combination, introduced in July, doubled the Army’s two-year enlistments, he said.

Educational incentives like the Army College Fund, Montgomery G.I. Bill and college loan-repayment programs are important, Bostick said, because many recruits hope to further their education.

He called these incentives critical to the Army’s effort to fill its ranks with high-quality recruits at a particularly difficult time. “This is the first time that we have had to recruit an Army into the all-volunteer force during protracted combat operations,” he said. “So it is a bit more challenging.”

Many prospective applicants are concerned about the war in Iraq, he said. That’s reflected in the lowest interest among recruitment-age youth in joining the military than at any other time during the past two decades. Twenty years ago, 25 percent of 17-to-24-year-olds said they’d likely serve in the military during the next three to five years, Bostick said. Today, it’s 15.7 percent.

Meanwhile, parents, coaches and other adult influencers concerned about the war are less likely to encourage military service, he said. Right now, 25 percent of mothers and 33 percent of fathers say they would recommend military service to their children. That’s down from 40 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in 2004.

This is all occurring when unemployment is at historic lows, giving young people many career options.

“But we’re not wringing our hands,” Bostick said. “We are manning this Army. We are doing a pretty good job of it. I think we have a lot who are answering the call to duty.”

As of July 30, 83,000 recruits had joined the active Army and Army Reserve. Nearly 62,000 of them went on active duty, bringing the Army about 1,000 troops ahead of its year-to-date recruiting goal. Nearly 21,500 recruits had joined the Army Reserve by the end of July, about 180 behind its year-to-date goal.

Bostick reported “a very good month” in August, but declined to reveal the Army’s recruiting numbers until the Defense Department releases them next week.

He vowed to close any remaining gaps by Sept. 30 and meet the active Army’s year-end goal of 80,000 recruits and Army Reserve’s goal of 26,500.

The mission of manning the Army isn’t just a challenge for the Army, he said. “This is a challenge for the nation. And if this nation wishes to remain free and enjoy the democracy that we have in this country, it will take soldiers that are willing to stand up and defend this country as they are in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.”

Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, USA

Related Sites:
U.S. Army Recruiting Command


Air Force

Air Force Reserve
The men and women of the Air Force Reserve are talented individuals who together make up one of the strongest teams in America. For one weekend a month and two weeks a year, they go above and beyond their nine-to-five careers. Whether across the world or across the street, our reservists work side by side to ultimately make the world a better place. 

Air Force ROTC
Air Force ROTC's Mission is to Produce Leaders for the Air Force and build better Citizens for America.


Army Recruiting

The U.S. Army has Recruiting Offices located in all 50 states, the U.S. territories, and overseas. The people in each office are trained to assist you in finding an Army 
specialty that will help you Be All You Can Be!

Army Reserve Command

The U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), a major subordinate command of U.S. Army Forces Command, commands, controls, and supports all Army Reserve troop units in the continental United States with the exception of Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs units.  The USARC also ensures the readiness of its forces and prepares the nearly 1,700 units under its command to mobilize and deploy to a wartime theater of operation.

USAREC Trainers Online

The USAREC Training Directorate serves the Army Recruiter by providing 
centralized training support products and services.
Our goal is to motivate, train and support the world's finest soldiers

108th Division (IT)

108th Division Institutional Training (IT) Recruiting and Retention Home Page.  This site will allow you to access information regarding membership, training, position vacancy, job opportunities, etc within the 108th Division (IT).  The Army Reserve is a rapidly growing organization that maximizes career potential and enhances individual growth. 

Naval Reserve Careers 

Reserve Enlisted

Applicants for the RESCORE-R program must be a NAVET E5 or below, with less than 10 years qualifying service for Reserve retirement, and less than four years since discharge from the Navy/Naval Reserve.

Personnel in the IRR (Individual Ready Reserve) are eligible. RESCORE-R is not available for personnel with a critical NEC. NAVET's who have been in a drill pay status within the past 90 days are not eligible for RESCORE-R.   Member must meet eligibility requirements for requested rating (mental, moral and physical requirements).

A current Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test will be required for all applicants who are no longer under a valid USN/USNR contract.

Reserve Officers

  • The Naval Reserve Direct Appointment Program offers qualified college educated professionals a Naval Reserve commission. Candidates chosen to become officers are given the opportunity to achieve personal and professional satisfaction in their specialized fields by serving in the Naval Reserve.

  • The Navy and Naval Reserve rely heavily upon their officers at every level of operations and management. These men and women provide the professional, scientific and technical skills required by the wide variety of occupations found at sea and ashore. Officers routinely supervise highly skilled staffs and are responsible for sophisticated equipment.





© Partnership Marketing Inc.
No Endorsement Implied