ACTIVE COMPONENT ENLISTED APPLICANTS AND ACCESSIONS
High Quality. The Services define high-quality recruits as high school diploma graduates who also score in the top 50 percent on the AFQT, Categories I through IIIA. Figure 2.8 shows the trends in the proportion of high-quality accessions since FY 1973. In general, sharp increases in high-quality recruits correspond to periods of rising youth unemployment. [Footnote 31] In FY 2004, the percentage of high-quality recruits ranged from 61 percent in the Army to 81 percent in the Air Force.
[Footnote 31] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment Status of the Civilian Noninstitutional Population, 1940 to Date. URL: ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/lf/aat1.txt. [back to paragraph]