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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 158-97
April 07, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR FEBRUARY 28, 1997 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Feb. 28, 1997 was 1,450,349. This is a decrease of 7,064 from Jan. 31, 1997 and a decrease of 48,126 from the same time in 1996.

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 1996 was also 65,000 military personnel.

February 1997 strength figures for each service with month- ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

               02/28/97 01/31/97   Change from Prev. Month
               (Actual) (Actual)      Amount  Percent        02/29/96
  Total DoD  1,450,349 1,457,413      -7,064  - 0.48%       1,498,475
                                                         
  Army         485,674   488,316      -2,642     -0.54%       500,582
  Navy         407,758   410,762      -3,004     -0.73%       430,053
  Marine      
  Corps        173,432   174,245        -813     -0.47%       173,187
                        
  Air Force    383,485   384,090        -605     -0.16%       394,653   

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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