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IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 1999 (703)697-5737(public/industry)

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR DECEMBER 31, 1998 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Dec. 31, 1998 was 1,381,034. This is a decrease of 8,524 from Nov. 30, 1998 and a decrease of 37,739 from Dec. 31, 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.

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

12/31/98 11/30/98 Change from Previous Month 12/31/97
Amount Percent
Total DoD 1,381,034 1,389,558 -8,524 -0.61
1,418,773
Army 474,217 478,034
-3,817 -0.80
485,088
Navy 371,762 374,484 -2,722 -0.73 387,774
Marine Corps 171,265 172,617 -1,352 -0.78 171,637
Air Force 363,790 364,423
-633
-0.17
374,274

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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