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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 033-97
January 24, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER 30, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on November 30, 1996 was 1,465,619. This is a decrease of 1,367 from October 31, 1996 and a decrease of 43,728 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.

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

                 11/30/96     10/31/96        Change from Prev. Month     
                 (Actual)     (Actual)           Amount    Percent      11/30/95
  Total DoD     1,465,619    1,466,986          -1,367     -0.09%      1,509,347
                                                         
  Army            491,242      490,783             459      0.09%        505,200
  Navy            413,869      414,044            -175     -0.04%        432,120
  Marine Corps    174,806      174,873             -67     -0.04%        174,722
  Air Force       385,702      387,286          -1,584     -0.41%        397,305

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.