Numbers of U.S. military service members vary by state, driven mostly by workforce levels at large bases.

There were a total of 1.3 million active duty military and more than 800,000 reserve forces as of September 2017, according to Defense Department personnel data. Total active duty personnel for the five armed service were approximately 472,000 for the Army, 319,000 for the Navy, 319,000 for the Air Force, 184,000 for the Marine Corps and 41,000 for the Coast Guard.

The states with the most total active duty and reserve members of the military, as of September 2017, were:

  • California: 184,540
  • Texas: 164,234
  • Virginia: 115,280
  • North Carolina: 112,951
  • Florida: 92,249
  • Georgia: 88,089
  • Washington: 64,066
  • South Carolina: 55,369
  • New York: 48,974
  • Colorado: 47,636

The following tables list state military personnel totals for active duty, reserve and civilian employees. They exclude those stationed overseas.

Active Duty Military by State

Data current as of Sept. 30, 2017

SOURCE: DoD Defense Manpower Data Center

Reserve Forces Military by State

Data current as of Sept. 30, 2017

SOURCE: DoD Defense Manpower Data Center

Military Civilians by State

Data current as of Sept. 30, 2017. Figures reflect personnel paid for by federal appropriated funding.

SOURCE: DoD Defense Manpower Data Center