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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 108-97
March 07, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR JANUARY 31, 1997 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Jan. 31, 1997 was 1,457,413. This is an increase of 1,147 from Dec. 31, 1996 and a decrease of 44,532 from the same time in 1996.

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.

January 1997 strength figures for each service with month- ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

             01/31/97   12/31/96   Change from Prev. Month
             (Actual)   (Actual)      Amount    Percent        01/31/96
  Total DoD  1,457,413 1,456,266      1,147      0.08%         1,501,945
                                                      
  Army         488,316   485,180      3,136      0.65%           501,435
  Navy         410,762   413,065     -2,303     -0.56%           431,424 
                                 
  Marine
  Corps        174,245   173,595        650      0.37%           173,887
  Air Force    384,090   384,426       -336     -0.09%           395,199
                                       

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.