The Air Force and its reserve components have met their recruiting goals through the first three quarters of Fiscal 2011, according to the Defense Department’s newest recruiting data, released on Monday. Through June, the service’s active duty component has attracted 21,025 new recruits, matching its accessions target. The Air National Guard also has met its accessions goal so far, bringing in 5,179 accessions. The Air Force Reserve is tracking 12 new recruits ahead of its goal of 6,887 for the fiscal year to date. Among the other services’ active duty forces, the Army has exceeded its accessions goal thus far, while the Marine Corps and Navy are meeting theirs. Among their reserve components, only the Army National Guard has come in short of its year-to-date goal through June. (See also last month’s recruiting numbers.)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.