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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 519-97
September 29, 1997

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Aug. 31, 1997 was 1,438,030. This is an increase of 879 from July 31, 1997 and a decrease of 37,795 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.

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

08/31/97 07/31/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 08/31/96
Total DoD 1,438,030 1,437,151 879 0.06% 1,475,825
Army 489,267 486,902 2,365 0.49% 492,878
Navy 395,072 396,178 -1,106 -0.28% 418,467
Marine Corps 174,025 172,865 1,160 0.67% 173,737
Air Force 379,666 381,206 -1,540 -0.40% 390,743

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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