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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 634-98
December 11, 1998

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Oct. 31, 1998 was 1,396,430. This is a decrease of 10,400 from Sept. 30, 1998 and a decrease of 35,083 from Oct. 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 1998 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

10/31/98 9/30/98 Change from Previous Month 10/31/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,396,430 1,406,830 -10,400 -0.74
1,431,513
Army 480,721
483,880
-3,159 -0.65
490,878
Navy 377,039 382,338
-5,299 -1.39 391,134
Marine Corps 173,031 173,142 -111 -0.06 173,396
Air Force 365,639
367,470

-1,831
-0.50
376,105

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.