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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 575-98
November 05, 1998

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 1998SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Sept. 30, 1998 was 1,406,830. This is an increase of 2,484 from Aug. 31, 1998 and a decrease of 31,732 from Sept. 30, 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.

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

9/30/98 8/31/98 Change from Previous Month 9/30/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,406,830 1,404,346
2,484 0.18
1,438,562
Army 483,880 481,537 2,343 0.49 491,707
Navy 382,338
381,373 965 0.25 395,564
Marine Corps 173,142
172,632 510 0.30 173,906
Air Force 367,470

368,804
-1,334 -0.36
377,385

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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