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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 085-96
February 15, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER 30, 1995

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on November 30, 1995, based on preliminary reports, was 1,511,562. This is a decrease of 2,687 from October 31, 1995 and a decrease of 80,802 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 1995 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

						  Change from
		 11/30/95	 10/31/95	 Previous Month
	       (Preliminary)	 (Actual)	 Amount	Percent	    11/30/94
  Total DOD	1,511,562	1,514,249	 -2,687	-0.18%	   1,592,364
  Army		  504,299	  506,352	 -2,053	-0.41%	     537,853
  Navy		  435,236	  433,754	  1,482	 0.34%	     462,258
  Marine Corps	  174,722	  175,583	   -861 -0.49%	     174,290
  Air Force	  397,305	  398,560	 -1,255	-0.31%	     417,963
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).

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