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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 047-98
February 04, 1998

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Dec. 31, 1997 was 1,418,773. This is a decrease of 9,337 from Nov. 30, 1997 and a decrease of 37,493 from Dec. 31, 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.

December 1997 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

12/31/97 11/30/97 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 12/31/96
Total DoD 1,418,773 1,428,110 -9,337 -0.65% 1,456,266
Army 485,088 489,752 -4,664 -0.95% 485,180
Navy 387,774 389,804 -2,030 -0.52% 413,065
Marine Corps 171,637 173,538 -1,901 -1.10% 173,595
Air Force 374,274 375,016 -742 -0.20% 384,426

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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