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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 264-96
May 08, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR JANUARY 31, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on January 31, 1996, based on preliminary reports, was 1,500,787. This is a decrease of 1,556 from December 31, 1995 and a decrease of 78,003 from the same time in 1995.

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.

January 1996 strength figures for each service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

	
		01/31/96       12/31/95     Change from Prev. Month	
	      (Preliminary)    (Actual)		Amount  Percent	       01/31/95
						
  Total DoD    1,500,787      1,502,343		-1,556 	-0.10%	      1,578,790
						
  Army		 501,435 	499,848		 1,587	 0.32%		532,944
  Navy		 430,266	432,033		-1,767	-0.41%		456,230
  Marine Corps	 173,887	174,049		  -162	-0.09%		175,011
  Air Force	 395,199	396,413		-1,214	-0.31%		414,605
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.

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