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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 134-00
March 20, 2000

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR JANUARY 31, 2000 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Jan. 31, 2000, was 1,370,237. This is an increase of 2,399 from Dec. 31, 1999, and a decrease of 9,519 from Jan. 31, 1999.

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.

January 2000 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

1/31/00 12/31/99 Change From Previous Month 1/31/99
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,370,237 1,367,838 2,399 0.18 1,379,756
Army 474,205 471,203 3,002 0.64 473,595
Navy 368,440 368,889 -449 -0.12 370,343
Marine Corps 171,701 171,154 547 0.32 172,369
Air Force 355,891 356,592 -701 -0.20 363,449

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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