25 Surprising Facts About The United States Military

Comprised of Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy and the Coast Guard; the United States is home to the world’s most powerful military force. With a staggering budget of over $600 billion dollars the United States is the world’s leader in Air craft and air craft carriers while boasting of an alarming +7K nuclear warheads. But these weapons are not the only things that set this military apart. Here are 25 surprising facts about the United States Military.

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Out of 44 Presidents of the United States, 32 have served in the military. 15 Presidents served in the Army/Army Reserve, nine served in state militias, six served in the Navy/Naval Reserve and two served in the Continental Army.

George W. BushSource: Wikipedia (Image: en.wikipedia.org)

The US military has a secret, nearly silent type of Velcro, which reduces the ripping noise by over 95%.



Intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Days, the Armed Forces Day was created in August 1949 and was first observed on 20 May 1950.

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Stores on US military bases around the world don't accept pennies as currency because they are “too heavy and are not cost-effective to ship”.

Pennies3Source: Huffington Post (Image: Pixabay public domain)


As of 31 December 2013, 1,369,532 people were on active duty in the armed forces, with an additional 850,880 people in the seven reserve components. In total, over 2.2 million members of the US Armed Forces. That is more than the population of Wyoming, Vermont and Alaska combined.

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