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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 300-00
June 02, 2000

ARMED FORCES STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MARCH 31, 2000, SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the armed forces on March 31, 2000, was 1,402,123. This is a decrease of 2,490 from Feb. 29, 2000, and a decrease of 3,049 from March 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.

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

3/31/00 2/29/00 Change From Previous Month 3/31/99
Amount Percent
Total 1,402,123 1,404,613 -2,490 -0.18 1,405,172
Army 473,481 474,219 -738 -0.16 469,899
Navy 368,064 368,420 -356 -0.10 366,427
Marine Corps 170,598 171,344 -746 -0.44 171,046
Air Force 354,411 355,039 -628 -0.18 362,546
Coast Guard 35,569 35,591 -22 -0.06 35,254

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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