Pentagon Says Military Met Recruitment Goals for the Year

All four military branches met their recruitment goals for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, and three of the four met their retention goals, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

The Air Force was the only branch to fall short of its retention goals, achieving 98 percent.

The announcement came on the same day that a federal judge issued a worldwide injunction immediately stopping enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, suspending the 17-year-old ban on openly gay U.S. troops.

Some Republican lawmakers fear a repeal of the ban will damage troop morale.

For the 2010 fiscal year, the Army recruited 74,577, exceeding its goal of 74,500.

The Navy recruited 34,180, more than the 34,140 goal.

The Marine Corps recruited 41 more than its goal of 28,000.

The Air Force recruited 28,493 with a goal of 28,360.