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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 281-99
June 04, 1999

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR APRIL 30, 1999 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on April 30, 1999 was 1,367,175. This is a decrease of 2,743 from March 31, 1999 and a decrease of 35,971 from April 30, 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.

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

4/30/99 3/31/99 Change from Previous Month 4/30/98
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,367,175 1,369,918 -2,743 -0.20
1,403,146
Army 469,314 469,899 - 585 -0.12
479,360
Navy 365,456 366,427 -971 -0.26 382,090
Marine Corps 171,042 171,046 -4 -0.00 170,927
Air Force 361,363 362,546 -1,183 -0.33
370,769

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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