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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 322-99
July 02, 1999

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on May 31, 1999 was 1,364,753. This is a decrease of 1,559 from April 30, 1999 and a decrease of 34,220 from May 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.

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

5/31/99 4/30/99 Change from Previous Month 5/31/98
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,364,753 1,366,312 -1,559 -0.11
1,398,973
Army 467,899 468,451 -552 -0.12
478,118
Navy 365,909 365,456 453 0.12 380,752
Marine Corps 170,729 171,042 -313 -0.18 170,327
Air Force 360,216 361,363 -1,147 -0.32
369,776

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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