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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 670-97
December 10, 1997

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Oct. 31, 1997 was 1,431,513. This is a decrease of 7,049 from Sept. 30, 1997 and a decrease of 35,473 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 1997 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

10/31/97 09/30/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 09/30/96
Total DoD 1,431,513 1,438,562 -7,049 -0.49% 1,466,986
Army 490,878 491,707 -829 -0.17% 490,783
Navy 391,134 395,564 -4,430 -1.12% 414,044
Marine Corps 173,396 173,906 -510 -0.29% 174,873
Air Force 376,105 377,385 -1,280 -0.34% 387,286

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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