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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 234-95
May 02, 1995

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MARCH 31, 1995 SUMMARIZEDBY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on March 31, 1995, based on preliminary reports was 1,567,737. This is a decrease of 6,080 from February 28, 1995, and a decrease of 91,958 from the same time in 1994.

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 Year 1994 was approximately 68,500.

March 1995 strength figures for each service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

                3/31/95        02/28/95     Change from Prev. Month
            (Preliminary)      (Actual)      Actual    Percent     03/31/94
Total DoD    1,567,737        1,573,817      -6,080     -0.39%     1,659,695
Army           532,231         532,335         -104     -0.02%       563,555
Navy           450,798         454,079       -3,281     -0.72%       486,228
Marine Corps   172,729         174,033       -1,304     -0.75%       174,871
Air Force      411,979         413,370       -1,391     -0.34%       435,041

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