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No. 246-98
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 1998 (703)697-5737(public/industry)

MILITARY STRENGTH FIGURES FOR FEBRUARY 28, 1998 SUMMARIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on Feb. 28, 1998 was 1,416,044. This is a decrease of 6,722 from Jan. 31, 1998 and a decrease of 34,305 from Feb. 28, 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 1997 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

02/28/98 01/31/98 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 02/28/97
Total DoD 1,416,044 1,422,766 -6,722 -0.47% 1,450,349
Army 483,308 488,002 -4,694 -0.96% 485,674
Navy 387,325 388,943 -1,618 -0.42% 407,758
Marine Corps 172,643 172,417 226 0.13% 173,432
Air Force 372,768 373,404 -636 -0.17% 383,485

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.