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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 275-98
June 02, 1998

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on March 31, 1998 was 1,408,370. This is a decrease of 7,674 from Feb. 28, 1998 and a decrease of 34,768 from March 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.

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

03/31/98 02/28/98 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 03/31/97
Total DoD 1,408,370 1,416,044 -7,674 -0.54% 1,443,138
Army 480,428 483,308 -2,880 -0.60% 482,847
Navy 384,781 387,325 -2,544 -0.66% 404,691
Marine Corps 171,567 172,643 -1,076 -0.62% 173,011
Air Force 371,594 372,768 -1,174 -0.31% 382,589

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.