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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 571-96
October 07, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR JUNE 30, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on June 30, 1996 was 1,478,687. This is a decrease of 1,181 from May 31, 1996 and a decrease of 68,498 from the same time in 1995.

These figures represent full-time military personnel comprising both regular and reserves on active duty and officer candidates, including cadets at the three military academies. Please note this a change from previous reports showing one month of preliminary strength and one month of actual military strength.

Excluded from these figures are approximately 65,000 full-time military personnel who are paid from other than active duty military personnel appropriations. This group is funded from appropriations for reserve components and Corps of Engineers civil functions. A comparable figure for Fiscal Year 1995 was also 65,000 military personnel.

June 1996 strength figures for each service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

                  06/30/96      05/31/96     Change from Prev. Month       
                   (Actual)     (Actual)        Amount   Percent      06/30/95    
   Total DoD       1,478,687    1,479,868      -1,181   -0.08%       1,547,185 
   Army              491,094      493,330      -2,236   -0.45%         524,897 
   Navy              422,717      423,225        -508   -0.12%         441,685 
   Marine Corps      172,287      171,464         823    0.48%         171,946 
   Air Force         392,589      391,849         740    0.19%         408,657 

Please note the active duty personnel strength data provided does not include Selected Reserve strength ordered to active duty by the President under Title 10, United States Code 12304.

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