Military’s Economic Activity
The Military’s presence in Virginia is a major economic activity. Its impact on the two MSA’s with a total of 21 installations is extremely significant. Military retirees or those leaving the service are an excellent source of trained, disciplined, skilled labor.
Personnel and Employees
Approximately 124,000 active duty personnel and civilian employees. This number does not include, Afloat, Reserve or National Guard personnel.
In FY 2014, Department of Defense (DoD) expenditures in Virginia exceeded $54 billion annually. Virginia is the lead state in per capita defense spending, and a close second in total DoD investment.
Approximately 25,000 Reserve and National Guard personnel.
On average, 18,000 military personnel are discharged annually in the area.