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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 373-96
June 28, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR FEBRUARY 29, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on February 29, 1996, based on preliminary reports, was 1,500,524. This is a decrease of 1,421 from January 31, 1996 and a decrease of 73,293 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.

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

		02/29/96       01/31/96     Change from Prev. Month	
	      (Preliminary)    (Actual)		Amount  Percent	       02/28/95
  Total DoD    1,500,524      1,501,945         -1,421  -0.09%        1,573,817 
                                                                       
  Army           500,582        501,435           -853  -0.17%          532,335 
  Navy           432,102        431,424            678   0.16%          454,079 
  Marine Corps   173,187        173,887           -700  -0.40%          174,033 
  Air Force      394,653        395,199           -546  -0.14%          413,370 

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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