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No. 275-98
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 1998 (703)697-5737(public/industry)

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on March 31, 1998 was 1,408,370. This is a decrease of 7,674 from Feb. 28, 1998 and a decrease of 34,768 from March 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 1997 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

03/31/98 02/28/98 Change from Prev. Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 03/31/97
Total DoD 1,408,370 1,416,044 -7,674 -0.54% 1,443,138
Army 480,428 483,308 -2,880 -0.60% 482,847
Navy 384,781 387,325 -2,544 -0.66% 404,691
Marine Corps 171,567 172,643 -1,076 -0.62% 173,011
Air Force 371,594 372,768 -1,174 -0.31% 382,589

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.