|ISAF Factsheet on Current ANSF Status|
KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 16, 2012) — The following statistics are the latest facts on the status of Afghan National Security Forces.
Afghan National Security Forces: 337,187 of 352,000 (96%) in uniform
Today, three-quarters of the uniformed defenders of this country are Afghans.
o Afghan Surge (Dec 09 to Oct 12): 195,508 to 337,187 (+140,679); more than four times the U.S. surge of 30,000 troops in the same period.
o Afghanistan has recruited all 187,000 Soldiers and all 157,000 Police—new recruits are awaiting call-up to training centers.
o Afghan National Army: 184,676 of 187,000 (99%); 100% inducted by December 2012; trained, equipped, and fielded by December 2013.
§ In 2012, the Army averaged 243 killed and wounded per month.
§ The Army has met all recruitment goals.
§ For Soldiers, 62% re-enlist, above the goal of 60%.
§ Attrition stands at 27% this year, as compared to 31% last year. The goal is to keep attrition below 16.8% annually.
§ The Police have met all recruitment goals.
§ For Police, 63% re-enlist, above the goal of 60%.
§ Police attrition stands at 15% this year, as compared to 18% last year. The goal is to keep attrition below 16.8% annually.
o Afghan Air Force: 6,172 of 8,000 (77%); inducted by December 2014; ready by Dec 2017.
§ The Air Force has met all recruitment goals.§ For Airmen, 81% re-enlist, above the goal of 60%.
§ Air Force attrition stands at 14% this year, as compared to 18% last year. The goal is to keep attrition below 16.8% annually.
Here are some key considerations regarding today’s Afghan National Security Forces:
1. The surge of troops from U.S. and coalition nations enabled the Afghan surge.
2. The Afghan National Army is the most respected national institution in the country. The Afghan National Police also rank highly.
3. Today, Afghan instructors train most Afghan Soldiers and Patrolmen. Afghans teach 85% of the classes.
a. Army: 2709 of 2709 instructors (100%) are on duty.b. Police: 1111 of 1497 instructors (74%) are on duty.
4. Literacy training is required for all illiterate Afghan recruits; up to 85% arrive unable to read and write. After four weeks, up to 90% of these former illiterates graduate reading at the first-third grade levels. This “Afghan G.I. Bill” is a huge incentive for recruiting and reenlistment.