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Pentagon: U.S. military exceeds recruiting goal in Oct.
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10:15, November 14, 2007

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The U.S. Department of Defense said on Tuesday that all military branches have met or exceeded their recruiting goals in October.

As the military's largest wing, the Army signed up 4,564 new soldiers in October, surpassing its goal of 4,500 for the month, thanks to a package of incentives, the Pentagon said.

Another branch that is strained by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Marine Corps recruited 2,788 service members, compared to its goal at 2,720, it said.

Most part-time reserve forces also exceeded their goals for October. Taking the Army National Guard for instance, the Pentagon said that the branch has recruited 5,305 soldiers last month, almost 1,000 above target.

The Pentagon, however, said that recruiting is easier at other times of the year, particularly when high schools in the United States let out in Summer.  

Source: Xinhua

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