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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 460-96
August 13, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MAY 31, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on May 31, 1996 based on preliminary reports, was 1,479,868. This is a decrease of 6,676 from April 30, 1996 and a decrease of 74,434 from the same time in 1995.

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 1995 was also 65,000 military personnel.

May 1996 strength figures for each service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

                    05/31/96      04/30/96   Change from Prev. Month      
                  (Preliminary)   (Actual)      Amount   Percent      05/31/95    
                                                                          
   Total DoD       1,479,868    1,486,544       -6,676   -0.45%      1,554,302 
   Army              493,330      495,273       -1,943   -0.39%        527,520 
   Navy              423,225      426,024       -2,799   -0.66%        445,902 
   Marine Corps      171,464      172,500       -1,036   -0.60%        171,753 
   Air Force         391,849      392,747         -898   -0.23%        409,127 

Please note 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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