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Army adding 28,000 soldiers by end of September

Strong Army 'key factor in maintaining the security of the nation'

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army wants you, thousands of you.The Department of the Army has announced it will add 28,000 soldiers to its ranks by Sept. 30, 2017, bringing the total Army to 1,018,000 soldiers. 

"The Army is hiring. The added end strength will allow the Army to increase manning in its tactical units, enhancing overall readiness," said Maj. Gen. Jason T. Evans, Director, Military Personnel Management. "The increased manning also provides additional promotion opportunities and retention incentives for our existing Soldiers and more opportunities for those who are fit, resilient and possess character who want to join the Army."

Evans says the increase, which is being directed by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, will enable the Army to better meet the challenges of an ever-uncertain security environment.

"We see a strong Army as a key factor in maintaining the security of the nation," he said.

Here's what the authorized increase looks like across the force:

  • Active component increased by 16,000 to 476,000
  • Army National Guard increased by 8,000 to 343,000  
  • Army Reserve increased by 4,000 to 199,000

The Army says it will conduct a responsible increase with a focus on quality; Soldiers who are resilient, fit and have character. The Army will use a variety of personnel management tools to meet the troop strength requirement, including enlisted accessions, recruitment, training, and retention along with officer accessions and retention.

For example, the Army will raise its enlisted accessions mission to 68,500, an increase of 6,000 soldiers in the Active Component from the original mission through fiscal year 2017. Additionally, the Army will increase the enlisted retention mission to 17,500, an increase of 9,000 Soldiers in the Active Component from the original mission through FY 17.

With respect to officers, the Army says it will create additional accession and retention opportunities to increase officer strength by 1,000. And the Army will continue to leverage internal controls to increase retention of quality officers.