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U.S. Army Embarks on Mission to Increase the Army Size

Jun 27, 2017

As one of the strongest and most elite teams in the world, the U.S. Army is undertaking a new and determined mission to increase its total size to 1.018 million – an addition of approximately 28,000 Soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017. 

With the deadline quickly approaching, the Army is working tirelessly to find top recruits who are resilient, healthy and have character – a difficult mission as the pool of qualified candidates continues to decline. Today, only 3 out of 10 youth between the ages of 17-24 qualify to serve in the Army, and of that small percentage of qualified candidates, many remain misinformed about the opportunities that the Army offers – both in and out of uniform. 

The Army provides more scholarships for college education than any other institution in the country and offers the best training and skills development in more than 200 fields, including engineering, cyber security, medicine, communications, automotive, culinary arts and more. The Army continues to invest in its leaders because education is key to the success of the whole organization, especially in its various missions. The Army provides its Soldiers the tools and resources to pursue life-long education and a successful career, so that Soldiers never have to sacrifice one for the other, but instead can enjoy the benefits of both. 

By increasing its size, the Army will be able to better meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain security environment. The increase in Soldiers will also strengthen the capabilities of the total force, including the active component end strength which will increase by 16,000, the Army National Guard which will increase by 8,000, and the Army Reserve which will increase by 4,000. 

As the Army works to enlist top talent, it will use a variety of personnel management tools to meet the new troop strength requirement, including recruiting and retention bonuses and a focus on officer accessions and retention. The Army is also offering enlistment contracts as short as two years for almost 100 military occupational specialties, which also include benefits for education. 

Though the number of men and women eligible to serve in the Army remains small, the Army’s mission remains ambitious – to continue to recruit top-quality Soldiers that demonstrate the attributes of strong leaders. 

For more information about the opportunities the Army provides, please visit or talk to your local recruiter.


Information Technology Specialist (25B) is one of the many military occupational specialties to which the U.S. Army is adding additional personnel this year. To see others, visit

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