The Air National Guard posted another slow recruiting month in July, achieving only 87 percent of its goal of 907 recruits. That puts the Air Guard down for six months in a row. However, its strong showing earlier in the fiscal year means it has averaged about 95 percent of its total Fiscal 2007 goal. And, the Pentagon says retention is still “within acceptable limits.” The active Air Force and Air Force Reserve Command each made 100 percent of their July goals.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.