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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 324-00
June 12, 2000

ARMED FORCES STRENGTH FIGURES FOR APRIL 30, 2000, SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the armed forces on April 30, 2000, was 1,398,003. This is a decrease of 4,120 from March 31, 2000, and a decrease of 3,580 from April 30, 1999.

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 1999 was also 65,000 military personnel.

April 2000 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

4/30/00 3/31/00 Change From Previous Month 4/30/99
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,398,003 1,402,123 -4,120 -0.29 1,401,583
Army 472,026 473,481 -1,455 -0.31 468,451
Navy 366,799 368,064 -1,265 -0.34 365,456
Marine Corps 170,313 170,598 -285 -0.17 171,042
Air Force 353,237 354,411 -1,174 -0.33 361,363
Coast Guard 35,628 35,569 59 0.17 35,271

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.