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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 052-99
February 08, 1999

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Dec. 31, 1998 was 1,381,034. This is a decrease of 8,524 from Nov. 30, 1998 and a decrease of 37,739 from Dec. 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.

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

12/31/98 11/30/98 Change from Previous Month 12/31/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,381,034 1,389,558 -8,524 -0.61
1,418,773
Army 474,217 478,034
-3,817 -0.80
485,088
Navy 371,762 374,484 -2,722 -0.73 387,774
Marine Corps 171,265 172,617 -1,352 -0.78 171,637
Air Force 363,790 364,423
-633
-0.17
374,274

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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