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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 465-97
September 09, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR JUNE 30, 1997 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on June 30, 1997 was 1,435,655. This is an increase of 3,210 from May 31, 1997 and a decrease of 43,032 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.

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

06/30/97 05/31/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 06/30/96
Total DoD 1,435,655 1,432,445 3,210 0.22% 1,478,687
Army 484,319 481,323 2,996 0.62% 491,094
Navy 396,949 398,541 -1,592 -0.40% 422,717
Marine Corps 172,329 171,083 1,246 0.73% 172,287
Air Force 382,058 381,498 560 0.15% 392,589

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.