Phil Carter's site Intel-Dump
suggests that since the DOD has taken over releasing the recruiting numbers each month, they have also lowered the recruiting goals to make them more easily attainable.
A WAPO article of June 30 states "According to preliminary numbers cited by a Pentagon official yesterday afternoon, the Army has brought in more than 6,150 recruits this month, passing the goal of 5,650 by about 9 percent."
More on the flipside
If Kossacks recall, the military said it expected Summertime recruiting to be much stronger with graduates, out of work students, etc. falling in line to sign up.
As this CNN website report entitled "Army expects rosy recruiting numbers for June"
states, "Even after the service lowered its target for May from 8,050 to 6,700 enlistments, the final figure was 1,700 short."
Well, sure the Army's gonna meet its numbers in June if, even while they expect more to sign up, they lower the quota even further! (i.e. 6,700 target in May, REDUCED to 6,150 in June)
BTW, as Carter's blog notes, if the Army intends to meet it's annual goal of 80,000, the target needs to average 6,667/month. Now, given the Year To Date Goal
already falls short, doesn't 6,150 seem a little paltry for a month that recruiting was expected to be stronger?