The Marine Corps has been given the OK to increase its active-duty numbers to 185,000 by the end of the year

The National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 was released Nov. 30, 2016, and indicated that among the changes and authorizations outlined in the document the size of the Marine Corps will be growing.


According to the NDAA the Marine Corps has been given the OK to increase its active-duty numbers to 185,000 by the end of the year.

Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley, Commander, Marine Corps Installations East, said the community may see an increase in the number of Marines coinciding with President Donald Trump’s plan to increase the military. However, the issue cannot be addressed or predicted locally without further direction from the president.

Spokeswoman for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Yvonne Carlock said how the Marine Corps will grow exactly is not apparent.

“The president, in his comments, has mentioned a force much larger than it is, but that is the only thing set in concrete in the 2017 NDAA,” she said.

Originally the senate bill contained a provision that would authorize end strengths for the Marine Corps for fiscal year 2017 at 182,000

That was then amended to 185,000 for fiscal year 2017, according to the NDAA.

The Marine Corps number is half of the other branches, with the Army’s end of the year active duty number authorization at 476,000; Navy at 323,900; and Air Force at 317,000 for end numbers for fiscal year 2017.
According to the NDAA’s branch authorizations for active duty numbers the U.S. Armed Forces will stand at 1,305,900 if each branch grows to the size authorized.

The increase in military funding to strengthen various areas of the Armed Forces falls in line with Trump’s stated focus on rebuilding and growing the military. 

The NDAA states that $128,202,564 in military personnel spending is authorized for fiscal year 2017.