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The Missouri National Guard meets one goal but falls short on another. Mike Smith has the story:
A good news/bad news report released by the Missouri National Guard October 6th says the good news is that the Guard exceeded by 27 its "End Strength" goal of 8150 soldiers.
The bad news is the Missouri National Guard missed its recruitment goal by about 16 percent last year. 1,400 recruits were attracted in the year ending September 30th, but that's 270 soldiers shy of the state goal.
Guard spokesperson Lt. Tammy Spicer says on one hand, it's because of the world situation that some are signing up, but on the other hand, it's for the same reason that others are not.
Annually, about 25 percent of Missouri National Guard recruits drop out before competing basic training or specialized training. That said, Lt. Tammy Spicer tells KSMU News that the soldiers who are serving are grateful for public support of their mission and are proud to serve.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.