Category Archives: retention

Navy surpasses its retention goals ― some sailors to be released early to prevent overmanning

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The Navy exceeded its retention targets for fiscal year 2020, the service announced in December — and now is working to release some sailors ahead of their contractual obligations to balance out overmanned ratings. “Building upon the retention gains in the last few years, the Navy remains committed to retaining the right talent and experience […]

New in 2021: Sky-high retention under COVID leads to Air Force career changes and slashed bonuses

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Hundreds of active-duty airmen — particularly those in overmanned jobs — will be encouraged to make significant career changes in 2021 as the Air Force tries to correct a coronavirus-driven overmanning problem. Air Force personnel chief Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly said Dec. 1 that as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in early 2020 and dealt a […]

Air Force retention spiked amid COVID. Now, retention bonuses might be cut

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A coronavirus-driven spike in retention rates has left the Air Force’s active duty significantly overmanned, and the service is planning to roll out a slate of voluntary separation and retraining programs to rebalance the force. Some retention bonuses airmen have enjoyed in recent years, as the service struggled to recover after devastating cuts during the […]

Historic retention rates credited by Army, Air Force generals with helping them meet end-strengths

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Although the coronavirus pandemic has lowered basic training graduation rates this year, Army and Air Force leaders aren’t expecting shortfalls in their respective end-strength numbers as a result, officials of the two services said Friday. They credited the expected success to historically high retention rates. Though both services had to significantly cut back on the […]

Historic retention rates credited by Army, Air Force generals with helping them meet end-strengths

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Although the coronavirus pandemic has lowered basic training graduation rates this year, Army and Air Force leaders aren’t expecting shortfalls in their respective end-strength numbers as a result, officials of the two services said Friday. They credited the expected success to historically high retention rates. Though both services had to significantly cut back on the […]

Army retention rises as economy slumps, but recruiting hasn’t seen a boom yet

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The U.S. unemployment rate rose above 14 percent in April, the highest since the Great Depression. And though economic downturns typically boost Army recruitment numbers, the service hasn’t seen a major uptick yet. Out-of-work civilians or recent graduates unable to find jobs often start turning to military service in greater numbers when the unemployment rate […]