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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 415-96
July 09, 1996

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR APRIL 30, 1996

SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on April 30, 1996, based on preliminary reports, was 1,490,436. This is a decrease of 2,955 from March 31, 1996 and a decrease of 69,079 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.

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

                  04/30/96      03/31/96     Change from Prev. Month       
                (Preliminary)   (Actual)        Amount   Percent      04/30/95    
                                                                        
   Total DoD     1,490,436     1,493,391       -2,955    -0.20%      1,559,515 
                                                                          
   Army            495,273       499,145       -3,872    -0.78%        529,506 
   Navy            429,916       428,412        1,504     0.35%        447,671 
   Marine Corps    172,500       172,434           66     0.04%        171,928 
   Air Force       392,747       393,400         -653    -0.17%        410,410 

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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