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No. 425-98
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 1998 (703)697-5737(public/industry)

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

The total numerical strength of the Armed Forces on June 30, 1998 was 1,401,620. This is an increase of 2,647 from May 31, 1998 and a decrease of 34,035 from June 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 1997 was also 65,000 military personnel.

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

6/30/98 5/31/98 Change from Previous Month
(Actual) (Actual) Amount Percent 6/30/97
Total DoD 1,401,620 1,398,973 2,647 0.19
1,435,655
Army 479,365 478,118 1,247 0.26 484,319
Navy 380,638 380,752 -114 -0.03 396,949
Marine Corps 171,288 170,327 961 0.56 172,329
Air Force 370,329 369,776 553 0.15 382,058

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.