My sincerest apologies for the delay. I normally post during my lunch hour (whenever that may be) but I never stopped to eat or do anything else on Friday. So here I am, during an extremely long layover, just thinking about…
I’m not sure what made me ponder the number of people in the U.S. Armed Services but there I was, pondering it anyway. Here’s the scoop:
First, U.S. Armed Services include: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard.
You can enter the military as early as 17 years old (with parental permission) and as late as 42 years old (U.S. Army only).
There are approximately 1,430,000 service members listed as Active service (ranks 2nd in the world; First is China (2,285,000); the European Union together ranks second but I’m only looking at countries).
There are 850,880 service members listed as Reserve (ranks 10th in the world; 1st is Russian Federation with 20,754,000).
The U.S. has the largest defense budget in the world: 2011 saw it pass at 664.84 billion.
No surprises here: the largest enrollment for both active and reserve service members is the Army. The smallest the Coast Guard.
What facts do you have? Any suggestions on future topics?
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!