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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 409-00
July 13, 2000

ARMED FORCES STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MAY 31, 2000, SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the armed forces on May 31, 2000, was 1,398,958. This is an increase of 955 from April 30, 2000, and a decrease of 1,045 from May 31, 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.

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

5/31/00 4/30/00 Change From Previous Month 5/31/99
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,398,958 1,398,003 955 0.07 1,400,003
Army 471,727 472,026 -299 -0.06 467,899
Navy 368,056 366,799 1,257 0.34 365,909
Marine Corps 169,852 170,313 -461 -0.27 170,729
Air Force 353,591 353,237 354 0.10 360,216
Coast Guard 35,732 35,628 104 0.29 35,250

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.