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    Air Force Recruiting Is on the Upswing. Service Says It’s ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Hitting Goals for 2024.

    Air Force Recruiting Is on the Upswing. Service Says It's ‘Cautiously Optimistic' About Hitting Goals for 2024.

    AURORA, — Last year, the Air Force saw the writing on the wall and announced a projected 10% shortfall in its active-duty recruiting goals — a prediction that ultimately proved true, marking the first time since 1999 the service missed its mark.

    But a lot can change in one year.

    Brig. Gen. Christopher Amrhein, commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service, told reporters at the Air and Space Forces Association's Warfare Symposium Conference on Tuesday evening that the service is “cautiously optimistic” and has hit its recruiting goals each month since the of the fiscal year in October.

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    “Looking ahead to the second half of fiscal '24, we continue to remain cautiously optimistic,” Amrhein said. “We continue to make goal for [active-duty] Air Force and Space Force, and we are very close to the Air Force Reserve requirement.”

    He added that the Air Force is at about 101% of its month-to-month recruiting goals and has completely filled jobs for February, March and well into April.

    Prior to missing its 2023 goals, the last time the Air Force did not reach 100% of its recruitment goal was 1999, according to the Air Force Recruiting Service. That was when Millenials — who were born between 1981 and 1996 — first began to reach the age of service. In 1979, the Air Force also missed its goals when…

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