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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 246-98
May 18, 1998

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR FEBRUARY 28, 1998SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Feb. 28, 1998 was 1,416,044. This is a decrease of 6,722 from Jan. 31, 1998 and a decrease of 34,305 from Feb. 28, 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.

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

02/28/98 01/31/98 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 02/28/97
Total DoD 1,416,044 1,422,766 -6,722 -0.47% 1,450,349
Army 483,308 488,002 -4,694 -0.96% 485,674
Navy 387,325 388,943 -1,618 -0.42% 407,758
Marine Corps 172,643 172,417 226 0.13% 173,432
Air Force 372,768 373,404 -636 -0.17% 383,485

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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