October 12, 2006
USCG reports recruitment stats
The U.S. Coast Guard announced today recruiting statistics for its active and reserve components for fiscal year 2006, which ended Sept. 30.
The Coast Guard achieved 101 percent of its active duty enlisted goal, signing up 3,992 new members; its goal was 3,950. For the third straight year it attracted record numbers of minority recruits, who made up 39.3 percent of the year's active duty enlistments. Women represented 16.9 percent of the Coast Guard's new active duty enlistments.
"Interest in the Coast Guard is high, and our new recruits are eager to be a part of an organization that touches so many people," said Capt. Steven E. Vanderplas, commanding officer of the Coast Guard's Recruiting Command in Arlington, Va. "Our rescues during Hurricane Katrina, our record drug seizures and our visible homeland security patrols vividly illustrate that the Coast Guard is an exciting, relevant career choice for America's youth."
The Coast Guard fell short in reserve enlisted recruiting, attracting 924 new members with a goal of 1,390.
The Coast Guard achieved 95 percent of its goal of new active duty and reserve commissioned officers, recruiting 317 out of a desired 334 new members. Minorities represented 26 percent of total new officers, while women comprised 18 percent.