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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 158-96
March 28, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 31, 1995

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on December 31, 1995, based on preliminary reports, was 1,503,217. This is a decrease of 6,130 from November 30, 1995 and a decrease of 78,432 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.

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

                 12/31/95       11/30/95       Change from
                                              Previous Month       
               (Preliminary)    (Actual)      Amount Percent    12/31/94    
                                                                            
 Total DoD      1,503,217      1,509,347      -6,130 -0.41%    1,581,649 
                                                                         
 Army             499,848        505,200      -5,352 -1.06%      533,074 
 Navy             432,907        432,120         787  0.18%      457,586 
 Marine Corps     174,049        174,722        -673 -0.39%      174,507 
 Air Force        396,413        397,305        -892 -0.22%      416,482 
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 12304.