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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 298-98
June 15, 1998

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR APRIL 30, 1998SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on April 30, 1998 was 1,403,146. This is a decrease of 5,224 from March 31, 1998 and a decrease of 32,790 from April 30, 1997.

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.

April 1998 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

04/30/98 03/31/98 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount
Percent 04/30/97
Total DoD 1,403,146 1,408,370 -5,224 -0.37% 1,435,936
Army 479,360 480,428 -1,068 -0.22% 480,445
Navy 382,090 384,781 -2,691 -0.70% 401,458
Marine Corps 170,927 171,567 -640 -0.37% 171,909
Air Force 370,769 371,594 -825 -0.22% 382,124

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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