The military's presence in Virginia is a major economic activity. With a total of 21 installations, its impact on the two metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) is extremely significant. Military retirees or those leaving the service are an excellent source of trained, disciplined, skilled labor.
There are approximately 25,000 Reserve and National Guard personnel within New Kent County.
There are approximately 151,000 active-duty personnel and civilian employees within New Kent County (this number does not include Afloat, Reserve, or National Guard personnel).
In 2008, Department of Defense (DoD) expenditures in Virginia exceeded $54 billion annually. Virginia is the lead state in per capita defense spending and a close second in total DoD investment.
On average, 18,000 military personnel are discharged annually in the area.