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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 473-99
October 08, 1999

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Aug. 31, 1999, was 1,377,365. This is an increase of 83 from July 31, 1999, and a decrease of 26,981 from Aug. 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.

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

8/31/99 7/31/99 Change From Previous Month 8/31/98
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,377,365 1,377,282 83 0.01
1,404,346
Army 473,613 472,496 1,117 0.24
481,537
Navy 371,295 370,864 431 0.12 381,373
Marine Corps 171,254 171,852 -598 -0.35 172,632
Air Force 361,203 362,070 -867 -0.24
368,804

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.