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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 223-97
May 06, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MARCH 31, 1997

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on March 31, 1997 was 1,443,138. This is a decrease of 7,211 from Feb. 28, 1997 and a decrease of 50,253 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.

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

                                   Change from Prev.
             03/31/97   02/28/97         Month                   
             (Actual)   (Actual)    Amount    Percent        03/31/96           
Total DoD   1,443,138  1,450,349   -7,211     -0.50%        1,493,391
                                      
Army          482,847    485,674   -2,827     -0.58%          499,145
Navy          404,691    407,758   -3,067     -0.75%          428,412
Marine
Corps         173,011    173,432     -421     -0.24%          172,434                                
Air Force     382,589    383,485     -896     -0.23%          393,400

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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