Today – in an email discussion gone rogue – the question arose of how many people a CAAF opinion affects.
Including only people who are either currently subject to UCMJ jurisdiction or have a real potential to become subject to such jurisdiction (for the sake of simplicity), I put the number at approximately 3.7 million.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Nov 2016 active duty end strength (includes Coast Guard): 1,309,239
- Nov 2016 selected reserves end strength: 817,303
- Nov 2015 retirees subject under Article 2(a)(4): 1,586,376
Note: Retirees is the total on page 27 of the link (2,308,073) less reserve retired (395,808) and survivors (325,889).
For comparison, the 2016 estimated median population of the states (excluding Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) is 4.5 million.
3.7 million is right between the estimated populations of Connecticut (3.5 million) and Oklahoma (3.9 million).