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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 589-97
November 03, 1997

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 1997SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Sept. 30, 1997 was 1,438,562. This is an increase of 532 from Aug. 31, 1997 and a decrease of 33,160 from Sept. 30, 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.

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

09/30/97 08/31/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 09/30/96
Total DoD 1,438,562 1,438,030 532 0.04% 1,471,722
Army 491,707 489,267 2,440 0.50% 491,103
Navy 395,564 395,072 492 0.12% 416,735
Marine Corps 173,906 174,025 -119 -0.07% 174,883
Air Force 377,385 379,666 -2,281 -0.60% 389,001

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.