News Release

No. 028-99
(703)695-0192(media)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 1999 (703)697-5737(public/industry)

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR NOVEMBER 30, 1998 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Nov. 30, 1998 was 1,389,558. This is a decrease of 6,872 from Oct. 31, 1998 and a decrease of 38,552 from Nov. 30, 1997.

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 1998 was also 65,000 military personnel.

November 1998 strength figures for each Service with month-ago and year-ago figures for comparison are:

11/30/98 10/31/98 Change from Previous Month 11/30/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,389,558 1,396,430 -6,872 -0.49
1,428,110
Army 478,034
480,721
-2,687 -0.56
489,752
Navy 374,484 377,039
-2,555 -0.68 389,804
Marine Corps 172,617 173,031 -414 -0.24 173,538
Air Force 364,423
365,639
-1,216
-0.33
375,016

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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