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The Army hit its endstrength recruiting goal of 485,000 – 485,383 more precisely – for fiscal 2020.

That included 336,131 troops for the Army National Guard and 188,703 troops for the Army Reserve, according to Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel Lt. Gen. Gary M. Brito.

He said he expects the end-strength to grow by about 1,500 additional soldiers by the end of FY 2021.

But COVID-19 definitely brought challenges, and that’s where Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, said recruiting innovations made all the difference.

He said that 18.1% of regular Army recruits were women in FY 2020 – a number which has not much changed – while 47% were from minority populations.

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