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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 004-00
January 06, 2000

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Nov. 30, 1999, was 1,374,746. This is a decrease of 3,007 from Oct. 31, 1999, and a decrease of 14,812 from Nov. 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 1999 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

11/30/99 10/31/99 Change From Previous Month 10/31/98
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,374,746 1,377,753 -3,007 -0.22 1,389,558
Army 474,891 474,903 -12 -0.00 478,034
Navy 370,228 370,985 -757 -0.20 374,484
Marine Corps 171,796 172,812 -1,016 -0.59 172,617
Air Force 357,831 359,053 -1,222 -0.34 364,423

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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