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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 404-99
September 02, 1999

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on July 31, 1999 was 1,377,282. This is an increase of 6,319 from June 30, 1999 and a decrease of 25,832 from July 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.

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

7/31/99 6/30/99 Change from Previous Month 7/31/98
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,377,282 1,370,963 6,319 0.46
1,403,114
Army 472,496 470,739 1,757 0.37
480,623
Navy 370,864 368,095 2,769 0.75 381,008
Marine Corps 171,852 171,326 526 0.31 171,672
Air Force 362,070 360,803 1,267 0.35
369,811

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.