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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 024-98
January 22, 1998

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Nov. 30, 1997 was 1,428,110. This is a decrease of 3,403 from Oct. 31, 1997 and a decrease of 37,509 from Nov. 30, 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 1997 was also 65,000 military personnel.

November 1997 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

11/30/97 10/31/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 11/30/96
Total DoD 1,428,110 1,431,513 -3,403 -0.24% 1,465,619
Army 489,752 490,878 -1,126 -0.23% 491,242
Navy 389,804 391,134 -1,330 -0.34% 413,869
Marine Corps 173,538 173,396 142 0.08% 174,806
Air Force 375,016 376,105 -1,089 -0.29% 385,702

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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