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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 474-98
September 11, 1998

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on July 31, 1998 was 1,403,114. This is an increase of 1,494 from June 30, 1998 and a decrease of 34,037 from July 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.

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

7/31/98 6/30/98 Change from Previous Month 7/31/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,403,114 1,401,620 1,494 0.11
1,437,151
Army 480,623 479,365 1,258 0.26 486,902
Navy 381,008 380,638 370 0.10 396,178
Marine Corps 171,672 171,288 384 0.22 172,865
Air Force 369,811
370,329 -518 -0.14
381,206

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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