SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on June 30,
1996 was 1,478,687. This is a decrease of 1,181 from May 31,
1996 and a decrease of 68,498 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. Please note
this a change from previous reports showing one month of preliminary
strength and one month of actual military strength.
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
June 1996 strength figures for each service with month-ago and
year-ago figures for comparison are:
06/30/96 05/31/96 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 06/30/95
Total DoD 1,478,687 1,479,868 -1,181 -0.08% 1,547,185
Army 491,094 493,330 -2,236 -0.45% 524,897
Navy 422,717 423,225 -508 -0.12% 441,685
Marine Corps 172,287 171,464 823 0.48% 171,946
Air Force 392,589 391,849 740 0.19% 408,657
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.