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SvennoJ said:
Torillian said:

This is a comparison of civilians (143m) and active military (1.3m). It does not state that 142m are employed by the military. You can tell that's what they mean because of this quote:

"In 2017, civilian workers outnumbered military personnel nearly 110 to 1."

Ah, my bad, I read it wrong. That makes a lot more sense! So how many people do actually receive a pay check from the US military.

From what I can find there are 1.3m active duty military, 0.8m in reserve, and 0.7m civilians employed by the military. 

https://www.governing.com/archive/military-civilian-active-duty-employee-workforce-numbers-by-state.html

I had to do the math myself for civilians in excel real quick using the data by state but the article mentions the other two numbers. 



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