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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 028-99
January 25, 1999

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Nov. 30, 1998 was 1,389,558. This is a decrease of 6,872 from Oct. 31, 1998 and a decrease of 38,552 from Nov. 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 1998 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

11/30/98 10/31/98 Change from Previous Month 11/30/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,389,558 1,396,430 -6,872 -0.49
1,428,110
Army 478,034
480,721
-2,687 -0.56
489,752
Navy 374,484 377,039
-2,555 -0.68 389,804
Marine Corps 172,617 173,031 -414 -0.24 173,538
Air Force 364,423
365,639
-1,216
-0.33
375,016

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.