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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 519-99
November 04, 1999

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 1999 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Sept. 30, 1999 was 1,385,698. This is an increase of 8,333 from Aug. 31, 1999 and a decrease of 21,132 from Sept. 30, 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.

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

9/30/99 8/31/99 Change From Previous Month 9/30/98
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,385,698 1,377,365 8,333 0.60 1,406,830
Army 479,426 473,613 5,813 1.23 483,880
Navy 373,041 371,295 1,746 0.47 382,338
Marine Corps 172,641 171,254 1,387 0.81 173,142
Air Force 360,590 361,203 -613 -0.17 367,470

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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