WASHINGTON (AP) - The Marines are finding the recruits they're
looking for -- and then some.
The Marine Corps far exceeded its recruiting goal last month.
And it could eventually be more than a year ahead of schedule, as
it tries to grow the force to 202,000 members.
The Pentagon says all military services met or surpassed their
monthly recruiting goals in April -- with the Marines getting
nearly one and a-half times the number they were looking for.
The Pentagon last year recommended that the Army be increased by
about 65,000 soldiers, to a total of 547,000 -- and that the
Marines be increased by 27,000.
Recruiting is easier in a slow economy. But officials note that
the Army and Marines have added recruiters, as well as bonuses and
other special benefits to attract more recruits.
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