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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 107-97
March 07, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 31, 1996 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Dec. 31, 1996 was 1,456,266. This is a decrease of 9,353 from Nov. 30, 1996 and a decrease of 46,077 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.

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

                                         
             12/31/96    11/30/96    Change from Prev. Month
             (Actual)    (Actual)     Amount     Percent        12/31/95
  Total DoD  1,456,266   1,465,619    -9,353     -0.64%        1,502,343       
  Army         485,180     491,242    -6,062     -1.23%          499,848        
  Navy         413,065     413,869      -804     -0.19%          432,033        
  Marine
  Corps        173,595     174,806    -1,211     -0.69%          174,049        
  Air Force    384,426     385,702    -1,276     -0.33%          396,413        

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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