After failing to meet its active-duty end strength goal of 483,500 soldiers for fiscal 2018, the Army now is striving to raise its end strength to 487,500, the target Congress imposed for FY 2019. Active forces stood at 476,000 as of Oct. 1. Recruitment remains the primary challenge for the service as its retention rate has reached higher-than-normal levels. The Army wanted to recruit 80,000 new personnel last year but only managed to attract 70,000 recruits, reports Army Times.
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