April 04, 2017
The US Military did not officially begin until September 29, 1789, despite tracing its roots back to the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War. On this mentioned date, Congress passed a bill to legalize this contingent in uniform. Below are other surprising facts about one of the world’s best fighting forces:
1. The military is considered to be the world’s largest employer.
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The US Department of Defense is said to employ more than any of the organizations in the world. As of now, there are about 1.4 million active-duty personnel, 700,000 civilian personnel, and 1.1 million National Guard and reserve personnel. Walmart, being the world’s largest corporation, has about 2.2 million workers in its current payroll. Besides that, the National Defense is considered a huge land manager. It is now controlling 30 million acres of land worldwide.
2. 30 American presidents had served in the US Army.
Of those 30, only Dwight Eisenhower and George Washington became 5-star generals. A Medal of Honor was awarded to Teddy Roosevelt.
3. In stores of military bases outside of America, they do not accept pennies as currency. Reason: it is too expensive to ship them back and forth.
4. The service burns roughly 1 billion gallons of fuel each year.
A 2011 Army fact sheet stated that the Army used 22 gallons of fuel per day.
5. During the 1700 to 1800s, women served on the front line in disguise.
Apparently, even before the 20th century, there were restrictions against enlisting female soldiers. Thus, most women disguised as men to be able to jump this hurdle. This practice occurred even throughout the Civil War until recent years in which the military began to conduct physical exams.
6. The US military has a secret, nearly silent type of Velcro, which reduces the ripping noise by over 95%, according to this source.
7. In February 1942, the Army ordered a total blackout in Los Angeles. This was done during The Great Los Angeles Air Raid. The military force fired thousands of .50 caliber shots and 1,400 anti-air artillery at a reported enemy aircraft. They found out after a few hours that it was false alarm.
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8. The movie Top Gun was released in 1986. Afterwards, the Navy reported that the amount of people who want to sign up and become Naval Aviators bloated by 500 percent.
9. The US Army has bases in at least 74 countries, according to DoD’s latest Base Structure Report.
10. A unique product included in the United States Military Standard Issue Parachute Pack Survival Kit (SRU-16) is a non-lubricated condom.
Besides its basic use, it is also utilized as a water container, capable of holding up to 1 liter of water.
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11. The US Military had already sent their forces abroad for at least 300 times. But there were only five instances in which they declared war: the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Mexican-American War.
12. US Air Force honors their fallen with a fly-by salute known as “The Missing Man” in which the formation flies very low and the leader’s wingman pulls up rapidly, which represents departure to heaven. This is an aerial equivalent of riderless horse. Source
13. Since the National Guard and Reserve units have unique training schedules, they are allowed Armed Forces Day/Week over any day in May.
14. The US Navy is still operating wooden ships that are made from fir, cypress, and oak. They are designed to clear mines from vital waterways.
15. In US Army History, The American Civil War still remains the bloodiest and deadliest. There’s an estimate of 750,000 soldiers that were killed in that war.
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