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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 466-97
September 09, 1997

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on July 31, 1997 was 1,437,151. This is an increase of 1,496 from June 30, 1997 and a decrease of 41,990 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.

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

07/31/97 06/30/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 07/31/96
Total DoD 1,437,151 1,435,655 1,496 0.10% 1,479,141
Army 486,902 484,319 2,583 0.53% 491,813
Navy 396,178 396,949 -771 -0.19% 421,955
Marine Corps 172,865 172,329 536 0.31% 173,094
Air Force 381,206 382,058 -852 -0.22% 392,279

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.