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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 374-96
June 28, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR MARCH 31, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on March 31, 1996, based on preliminary reports, was 1,495,880. This is a decrease of 2,595 from February 29, 1996 and a decrease of 71,637 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.

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

		03/31/96       02/29/96     Change from Prev. Month	
	      (Preliminary)    (Actual)		Amount  Percent	       03/31/95
                                                                          
  Total DoD    1,495,880      1,498,475         -2,595  -0.17%        1,567,517 
                                                                      
  Army           499,145        500,582         -1,437  -0.29%          532,231 
  Navy           430,901        430,053            848   0.20%          450,578 
  Marine Corps   172,434        173,187           -753  -0.43%          172,729 
  Air Force      393,400        394,653         -1,253  -0.32%          411,979 
 

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.