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06-20-11, 11:49 PM #1
Pentagon Advert budget plunges...surplus of wannabees
Wannabees....take heed. If you don't 'get' the message...it's real simple.....the surplus of people WANTING to come in...and stay in...is more than the market will bear.
In other words, recruiters don't have to put up with your crap, and if you have various and sundry 'issues' such as criminal waivers.....you'll likely be turned down.
So be respectful. You are selling YOURself. YOU need to make the recruiters want YOU and make yourself 'marketable'.
Bloomberg Government (bgov.com)
June 17, 2011
Pentagon Advertising Spending Plunges Amid Surplus Of Troops
By Nick Taborek, Bloomberg News
The Pentagon, facing an "unprecedented" surplus of troops, is slashing spending on recruitment advertising that has netted firms including McCann Erickson Worldwide hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Enlistees are staying put as the 9.1 percent U.S. unemployment rate limits non-military job options, defense officials said, and as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.
“We’re seeing retention in the Navy the likes of which we’ve never seen before,” Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, said in an interview with Bloomberg Government. The Navy is cutting 3,000 sailors from its ranks, Roughead announced in April. The Army, which spends the most among the services on advertising, has dropped its recruitment goal by 20 percent since 2008.
The shift means the U.S. is spending less to attract recruits to its all-volunteer armed forces. Advertising agencies including McCann, which produced the “Army Strong” ads under a contract won in 2005, saw the Pentagon’s advertising spending drop 40 percent to $621 million last year after peaking in 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
“There is definitely heightened interest in military service” because of the economy, Chris Laughlin, president of Arlington, Virginia-based branding firm Laughlin, Marinaccio & Owens Inc., said in an interview.
The company, which Laughlin said earns more than half its revenue from federal clients including the National Guard, had $53 million in government sales last year, compared with $128 million in 2009, Bloomberg data show.
Ad firms are responsible for helping the service branches meet recruitment benchmarks. “Once you hit that threshold, you can’t keep selling,” Laughlin said.
The Army is seeking 64,000 active-duty enlistees this year, a decrease from 80,000 in 2008. The Navy reduced its goal 13 percent to 33,200 recruits. The Marines last year aimed to recruit 28,000 active duty personnel, 26 percent fewer than in 2008. The Air Force increased its recruitment target, raising its goal by 2 percent to 28,360 last year.
The military is seeking $1.6 billion for recruiting and advertising next year, an 8 percent decrease from the amount Congress approved for 2011, even as the overall defense budget request represents a year-over-year increase.
The Navy will review the performance of 16,000 mid-career sailors in “over-manned” job categories and get rid of 3,000 of them as it faces “unprecedented retention and reduced attrition,” according to an April announcement.
Skimping on recruitment can backfire, said Cindy Williams, principal research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s security studies program.
The military shrunk in size and reduced recruiting in the 1990s, she said, which added to the strain when the services ramped up for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A booming economy made signing people up difficult.
“The services have a history of cutting resources for recruitment when recruits are plentiful. They also have a history of regretting it later,” Williams said.
Campbell Ewald Advertising saw revenue from the Navy decline 64 percent to $58.9 million last year compared with 2008. Campbell and other firms should work to convince clients that advertising is a bargain compared with hiring recruiters, spending on military pay raises and offering recruitment bonuses, she said.
“It’s known to be a very effective way of reaching out to young people and their parents,” she said. “That doesn’t mean the services are going to keep the money flowing at a time when they’re pinched for resources and they’re flush with recruits.”
Pat Baskin, public relations manager for Campbell, declined to make an immediate comment. McCann officials declined to comment, said spokesman Eric Pehle. Both firms are units of New York-based Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.
The biggest prize in military advertising, the Army’s $1.3 billion, five-year award, changed hands in 2005 when McCann replaced Leo Burnett Co., a unit of Paris-based Publicis Groupe SA. Leo Burnett in 2009 agreed to a $15.5 million settlement over allegations it overcharged the Army for work on its “Army of One” recruiting campaign.
McCann in March won a contract extension valued at $185 million for the first year. Leo Burnett didn’t bid on the contract, Amy Cheronis, a spokeswoman for the company, said.
Troops stay, Pentagon spends less to recruit
The military is recruiting fewer people and spending less on advertising as the nation's 9.1 percent unemployment rate has boosted troop retention.
Ad revenue for military ad firms
McCann (Army) -- 2008: $348.7 million; 2009: $228.6 million; 2010: $163.3 million
Walter Thompson (Marines) -- 2008: $145.8 million; 2009: $128.3 million; 2010: $128.8 million
GSD&M (Air Force) -- 2008: $76.9 million; 2009: $75.8 million; 2010: $61.8 million
Campbell Ewald (Navy) -- 2008: $163.6 million; 2009: $68.3 million; 2010: $58.9 million
LMO (National Guard) -- 2008: $64.9 million; 2009: $128.2 million; 2010: $53.4 million
Source: Bloomberg research
06-21-11, 11:56 AM #2
Is it OK I have other piercings as long as they can't be seen?
Will those diminish my chances of being a Force Recon Sniper Scout?
On a serious note...that's a good read.
I hope the aspiring wannabes get the picture that they are not doing the Corps a favor by trying to enlist and viewing it as some entitlement option.
This one deserves a bumpith.
06-21-11, 12:38 PM #3
Now that my niece is going through the recruitment process (she just recently became a poolee), I have had the opportunity to speak to a number of USMC recruiters (in three different states).
My initial thought was, this would be a great time to be a recruiter since kids are beating your door down to get in and you don't have the numbers to worry about now compared to before.
What I learned however, is the job has in fact just gotten tougher as the Marine Corps Recruiting Command stiffens the qualifications and eliminates what used to be waiverable circumstances/factors. An applicant who was signable only a few short months ago may today not even be worth spending the time to talk to.
Am glad to report my niece made it through the initial set of hoops at MEPS and into her dep. She is now experiencing the ups-n-downs of life as a poolee. She quit her job because it conflicted too much with pool functions but now struggles to find enough gas money to even get to the meetings regularly. Because she just recently took running seriously, she is in the build-up phase and dealing with shin splints already. She understands it's a long and arduous journey with many roadblocks along the way but is determined to reach her destination...graduation day at Parris Island and earning the title!
06-21-11, 12:52 PM #4
I hope her chin splint annoyance wanes quickly as mine did when I was in boot camp...maybe I was lucky.
The fact she is aware of the 'arduous' nature of her 'journey' is a good thing.
I'm sure you've set a good example for her.
Best to your niece as she travels on The Path.
06-21-11, 06:46 PM #5
OUTstanding MSgt! Glad to hear it...and good insight too. Makes sense.
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