If by last year you mean 2004.Ortho is one of the most competitive fields right now in the civilian sector. It is usually very competitive in the Army as well. Last year, there were far less ortho applicants in the Army then usual, and almost everybody who applied received a position. But that is the exception, not the rule.
Are my numbers wrong? Do guys mean the most recent match in December 2007? Where can I find those matching stats? They aren't posted on MODS yet. It is true that residencies will become less competitive in the coming years because recruiting has been down. This will start with the class of 2009 because recruiting began to dive in 2005.Army didn't fill all of their ortho slots this past year. Basically if you applied you got it unless your REALLY pissed off the residency director. The problem is probably going to become more prevalent since recruitment as a whole is trending down. Year to year is still going to be up and down based on the match population.