Interesting facts about U.S. Army
Interesting facts about U.S. Army

1. The civil war was the deadliest in the U.S. Army

The civil war was the deadliest in the U.S. Army

The United States suffered relatively few combat casualties,throughout the first several decades of its existence. When the Union and Confederacy lost at least 618,000 men between them to bullets and disease, the Civil War was changed. It is also said that more Americans were killed  in one day of fighting at Antietam than in the entire War of 1812. It is reported to be the seventh-deadliest conflict in U.S. history. Only World War II has come close in terms of American deaths,with 405,000 deaths record since the Civil War.

2. The Congress had to be reminded by Washington to create the military

The Congress had to be reminded by Washington to create the military

The federal government’s authority was greatly expanded by the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. A part of which gave Congress the power to raise and support armies. Although, the First Congress did not immediately act upon this provision. However, it chose to set up the State, War and Treasury departments and the judiciary, among other things. On August 7,1789, President Washington urged it to establish some uniform and effective system for the military. This would be on which the honor, safety and well being of our country. On the last day of its first session after September 29,Congress passed a bill empowering the president to call into service from time to time.  

3. Special Army forces are omnipresent doing everything

Special Army forces are omnipresent doing everything

In the last decade U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers have deployed to 135 of the 195 recognized countries in the world. This survey is according to the Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office. They have nine principle tasks and they are as follows: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter terrorism, information operations, counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and security force assistance.

4. Army astronauts are really amazing

Army astronauts are really amazing

Soldiers who jump from airplanes wear Airborne wings.Those who rappel from helicopters wear Air Assault wings. Those who fly into space wear Astronaut wings. Colonel Douglas Whee lock wore all three. He logged 178 days in space after serving as the first active duty soldier to command the International Space Station. A number of badges are given to the commanders and officers in the army and for example are the Master Army Astronaut Badge,the Master Space Operations Badge, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASADistinguished Service Medal, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

5. The colors of the present Army dress uniform are selected by George Washington

The colors of the present Army dress uniform are selected by George Washington

The Continental Congress charged General Washington with deciding on a service uniform for the Continental Army in the year 1778. In October 1779, he directed soldiers to wear blue coats which had different facings for the various state troops, and artillery artificers . Over the next two hundred years, the Army tried various colors such as white, tan, and green.But in 2010, uniforms were again issued according to Washington’s color design.

6. U.S Army officers are called rangers

U.S Army officers are called rangers

The Ranger motto is “Rangers lead the way!” Rangers are the Army’s elite light infantry soldiers. In the 18th century, they were formed to wage frontier warfare. They were called as the grim-faced men who went forth to search out the enemy. They engaged in reconnaissance and acted as scouts. They also ranged between fixed fortifications. During the American Revolution, Ranger Francis Marion  called as the Swamp Fox pioneered modern guerrilla warfare. 

7. Majority of the presidents of U.S.A have worn the army uniform

Majority of the presidents of U.S.A have worn the army uniform

Twenty-four presidents till date have served in the Army.This includes the various state militias, which supported the Army during the American Revolution and the Civil War. Out of the total, 23 were officers, with Private James Buchanan earning distinction as the only enlisted man to ever be elected president. Teddy Roosevelt is the only president to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. He even volunteered to serve in World War-I which was ten years after having served as President.

8. The U.S. Army is the second largest employer in the world

The U.S. Army is the second largest employer in the world

Wal-Mart is America's largest employer, with 2.2 million people on the payroll. The U.S.  Army holds the second place of being the largest employer with more than 1 million active duty and reserve soldiers. The number of soldiers in uniform was cut down due to budget issues,  the Army still beats the next-largest employer of  Yum Brands,which has 523,000 total employees. The army thus protects the nation's citizens and also plays a role of providing employment to many people.

9. The U.S. Army would be the 10th largest city in U.S.A, if it were a city

The U.S. Army would be the 10th largest city in U.S.A, if it were a city

There are one million soldiers serving in the U.S. Army. Half of  one million is on active duty and serving full time, while the rest make up the reserve components of the National Guard and Army Reserve. In reality, if a city is filled with soldiers, it would have more people in it than in San Jose, California; Austin, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida and San Francisco. The number of people serving in the army is huge and of great pride.

10. The U.S. Army is older than the country U.S.A

The U.S. Army is older than the country U.S.A

Americans celebrate the birth of their nation as July 4, 1776, but the Army is actually the country's "bigbrother." Considering the Continental Army of 1775 which was led by President George Washington, it  needed to start beating the British in the colonies. Before the Army was established, colonists were organized into small militias with no real structure. It did not have a chain of command as well.  But in spring 1775, the U.S. army decided to attack the British near Boston ,but to their dismay they needed more structure to confront the professional soldiers. The official birth of the Army came in on June 14 1775, and this was the real birth of the U.S. Army.

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