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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 573-99
December 16, 1999

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR OCTOBER 31, 1999 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Oct. 31, 1999 was 1,377,753. This is a decrease of 7,950 from Sept. 30, 1999 and a decrease of 18,677 from Oct. 31, 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 1999 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

10/31/99 9/30/99 Change From Previous Month 10/31/98
*Revised Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,377,753 1,385,703 -7,950 -0.57
1,396,430
Army 474,903 479,426 -4,523 -0.94 480,721
Navy 370,985 *373,046 -2,061 -0.55 377,039
Marine Corps 172,812 172,641 171 0.10 173,031
Air Force 359,053 360,590 -1,537 -0.43
365,639

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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