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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 575-95
October 26, 1995

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR AUGUST 31, 1995

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on August 31, 1995, based on preliminary reports, was 1,532,890. This is a decrease of 226 from July 31,1995 and a decrease of 92,826 from the same time in 1994.

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 Year 1994 was approximately 68,500.

August 1995 strength figures for each service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:


						  Change from
		  8/31/95	  7/31/95	 Previous Month
	       (Preliminary)	 (Actual)	 Amount	Percent	     8/31/94

  Total DOD	1,532,890	1,533,116	   -226	-0.01%	   1,625,716

  Army		  516,465	  517,131	   -666	-0.13%	     549,724
  Navy		  439,016	  439,693	   -677	-0.15%	     472,515
  Marine Corps	  175,359	  173,659	  1,700  0.98%	     174,159
  Air Force	  402,050	  402,633	   -583	-0.14%	     429,318

Please note 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 673(b).