Army meets recruiting goals for TN, KY

For the first time since 2009, the Army has met its annual goal for signing up both regular recruits and Army Reserve recruits in the region that covers much of Tennessee and Kentucky, according to a military release.

The Army's fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

The Army signed up 1,786 new soldiers, surpassing its goal of 1,780, and it landed 369 Reservists, compared with its goal of 348.

The recruiting region, or Nashville Battalion, consists of  seven recruiting companies for much of Tennessee and Kentucky as well as centers in Indiana in Virginia.

Some 300 Army recruiters and staff support recruitment efforts.

Recruiting new people into the Army is no simple task.

Only 29 percent of the potential pool of recruits actually qualifies. That's because various factors keep some would-be recruits out, such as obesity, a criminal record and poor academic performance, according to an Army news release.

In the general East Tennessee area, recruiters secured 276 regular Army enlistees, beating the goal of 270, and there were 49 Army Reserve enlistment, just the number hope for for this year.

The East Tennessee area has centers in Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Cookeville and Crossville. 


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