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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 690-96
December 23, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR OCTOBER 31, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Oct. 31, 1996 was 1,466,986. This is a decrease of 4,736 from Sept. 30, 1996 and a decrease of 47,263 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.

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 1996 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

                  10/31/96     09/30/96        Change from Prev. Month    
                  (Actual)     (Actual)           Amount    Percent    10/31/95
  Total DoD      1,466,986    1,471,722           -4,736    -0.32%    1,514,249
  Army             490,783      491,103             -320    -0.07%      506,352
  Navy             414,044      416,735           -2,691    -0.65%      433,754
  Marine Corps     174,873      174,883              -10    -0.01%      175,583
  Air Force        387,286      389,001           -1,715    -0.44%      398,560

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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