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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 356-98
July 09, 1998

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MAY 31, 1998SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on May 31, 1998 was 1,398,973. This is a decrease of 4,173 from Apr. 30, 1998 and a decrease of 33,472 from May 31, 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.

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

5/31/98 4/30/98 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 5/31/97
Total DoD 1,398,973 1,403,146 -4,173 -0.30 1,432,445
Army 478,118 479,360 -1,242 -0.26 481,323
Navy 380,752 382,090 -1,338 -0.35 398,541
Marine Corps 170,327 170,927 -600 -0.35 171,083
Air Force 369,776 370,769 -993 -0.27 381,498

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.