||Characteristics of Active Component Commissioned OfficersTable
4.1 shows the number and percentage of FY 1998 Active Component officer accessions and officers by Service. In total personnel, the Army is the largest Service, but the Air Force has the highest officer content.
The Air Force stood at slightly less than 72,000 active duty officers in contrast to the Army's almost 67,000. This variation in force structure is most likely due to variations in mission requirements of the two
While the Air Force has more total active duty officers than the Army, the Army
continues to access more officers than the Air Force. This pattern suggests that annual requirements rest on more than the relative size of the Service, to include retention and its underlying influencers.
|Table 4.1. FY 1998 Active Component Officer Accessions and Officer Corps
(Number and Percent)1
||Active Component Officer Accessions
||Active Component Officer Corps
|1 End-strength reflects commissioned officers only (it excludes warrant officers).
Also see Tables D-21
(Officer Accessions) and D-25
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