Recruiting is still up across the board, according to the latest Pentagon figures that cover the month of July. Staying way ahead, for the sixth month in a row, is the Air National Guard, which achieved 129 percent of accessions compared to its goal. Next closest is the active Marine Corps at 117 percent. In July, each active and reserve component met or exceeded its recruiting goal. The gone-south economy has trumped predictions by defense officials earlier this fiscal year that it would be a tough year.
President Joe Biden has nominated Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback to pin on a third star and become Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations. He also nominated 24 brigadier generals to two-star rank in their current positions.