SELECTED RESERVE ENLISTED ACCESSIONS AND ENLISTED FORCE
Age. The largest proportions of FY 2004 NPS Reserve Component accessions were in the 17- to 19-year age group (Table 5.2). The one exception to this trend was the USNR, which had 56 percent falling in the 20- to 29-year age group.
Several factors contribute to age differences within the Reserve Components, including the size of the recruiting mission and the incentives used by recruiters. ARNG and USAR recruiters work extensively with the high school population because of the size of their respective NPS recruiting missions. Although the high school senior market is their primary target, recruiters use the split training option as an important incentive. This option allows high school juniors to enlist and attend basic training after their junior year of high school, and then enter skill training a year later upon graduating from high school. In FY 2004, 43 percent of ARNG NPS recruits were students still enrolled in high school. This is a sizeable increase from FY 2003, when only 6 percent of ARNG NPS recruits were students still enrolled in high school.