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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 092-99
March 08, 1999

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR JANUARY 31, 1999 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Jan. 31, 1999 was 1,379,756. This is a decrease of 1,278 from Dec. 31, 1998 and a decrease of 43,010 from Jan. 31, 1998.

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 1998 was also 65,000 military personnel.

January 1999 strength figures for each military Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

1/31/99 12/31/98 Change from
Amount
Previous Month
Percent
1/31/98
Total DoD 1,379,756 1,381,034 -1,278 -0.09 1,422,766
Army 473,595 474,217 -622 -0.13 488,002
Navy 370,343 371,762 -1,419 -0.38 388,943
Marine Corps 172,369 171,265 1,104 0.64 172,417
Air Force 363,449 363,790 -341 -0.09 373,404

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.