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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 336-97
June 25, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MAY 31, 1997SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on May 31, 1997 was 1,432,445. This is a decrease of 3,491 from April 30, 1997 and a decrease of 47,423 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.

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

05/31/97 04/30/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 05/31/96
Total DoD 1,432,445 1,435,936 -3,491 -0.24% 1,479,868
Army 481,323 480,445 878 0.18% 493,330
Navy 398,541 401,458 -2,917 -0.73% 423,225
Marine Corps 171,083 171,909 -826 -0.48% 171,464
Air Force 381,498 382,124 -626 -0.16% 391,849

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.