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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 096-98
March 03, 1998

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR JANUARY 31, 1998 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Jan. 31, 1998 was 1,422,766. This is an increase of 3,993 from Dec. 31, 1997 and a decrease of 34,647 from Jan. 31, 1997.

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.

January 1998 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

01/31/98 12/31/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 01/31/97
Total DoD 1,422,766 1,418,773 3,993 0.28% 1,457,413
Army 488,002 485,088 2,914 0.60% 488,316
Navy 388,943 387,774 1,169 0.30% 410,762
Marine Corps 172,417 171,637 780 0.45% 174,245
Air Force 373,404 374,274 -870 -0.23% 384,090

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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