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Military Strength Figures Drop

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 5, 1998 – Military strength decreased by almost 35,000 in the past year. As of Jan. 31, the armed forces is 1,422,766 service members strong.

Army personnel figures decreased by only 314, while the the Navy went down 21,819. The Air Force lost 10,686, the Marine Corps, 1,828.

This figure includes full-time military personnel, both regular and reserves on active duty and officer candidates. It also includes cadets at the three military academies.

The 1.4 million total is an increase of 3,993 from Dec. 31, 1997. The Army accounted for 60 percent of the one month increase with 2,194, while the Navy added 1,169. The Marine Corps increased by 780 and the Air Force lost 870.

This data does not include select reserve strength ordered to active duty by the President under Title 10, United States Code 12304.

(From a DoD release)

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