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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 166-00
April 05, 2000

MILITARY STRENGTH FIRGURES FOR FEBRUARY 29, 2000 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Feb. 29, 2000, was 1,369,022. This is a decrease of 1,215 from Jan. 31, 2000, and a decrease of 7,035 from Feb. 28, 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.

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

2/29/00 1/31/00 Change From Previous Month 2/28/99
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,369,022 1,370,237 -1,215 -0.09
1,376,057
Army 474,219 474,205 14 0.00 472,228
Navy 368,420 368,440 -20 -0.01 368,637
Marine Corps 171,344 171,701 -357 -0.21 172,071
Air Force 355,039 355,891 -852 -0.24
363,121

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.