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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 520-98
October 06, 1998

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Aug. 31, 1998 was 1,404,346. This is an increase of 1,232 from July 31, 1998 and a decrease of 33,684 from Aug. 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.

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

8/31/98 7/31/98 Change from Previous Month 8/31/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,404,346 1,403,114 1,232 0.09 1,438,030
Army 481,537 480,623 914 0.19 489,267
Navy 381,373 381,008 365 0.10 395,072
Marine Corps 172,632 171,672 960 0.56 174,025
Air Force 368,804 369,811 -1007 -0.27 379,666

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.