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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 689-96
December 23, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Sept. 30, 1996 was 1,471,722. This is a decrease of 4,103 from Aug. 31, 1996 and a decrease of 46,502 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.

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

                  09/30/96       08/31/96      Change from Prev. Month     
                  (Actual)       (Actual)         Amount    Percent    09/30/95
  Total DoD      1,471,722      1,475,825         -4,103    -0.28%    1,518,224
  Army             491,103        492,878         -1,775    -0.36%      508,559
  Navy             416,735        418,467         -1,732    -0.41%      434,617
  Marine Corps     174,883        173,737          1,146     0.66%      174,639
  Air Force        389,001        390,743         -1,742    -0.45%      400,409

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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