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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 168-99
April 14, 1999

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR FEBRUARY 28, 1999 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Feb. 28, 1999 was 1,376,057. This is a decrease of 3,699 from Jan. 31, 1999 and a decrease of 39,987 from Feb. 28, 1998.

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 1998 was also 65,000 military personnel.

February 1999 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

2/28/99 1/31/99 Change from Previous Month 2/28/98
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,376,057 1,379,756 -3,699 -0.27
1,416,044
Army 472,228 473,595 -1,367 -0.29
483,308
Navy 368,637 370,343 -1,706 -0.46 387,325
Marine Corps 172,071 172,369 -298 -0.17 172,643
Air Force 363,121 363,449 -328
-0.09
372,768

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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