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.

20

The Army owns about 24,000 square miles of land. In theory, if the Army was a state, it would be the 42nd largest in the US.

US ArmySource: Army.mil (Image: en.wikipedia.org)
19

During the The Great Los Angeles Air Raid in February 1942, the Army ordered a total blackout of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a reported enemy aircraft. Just a few hours later, it proved to be a false alarm.

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18

In World War II, supporting one soldier on the battlefield took one gallon of fuel per day. Today, more than 22 gallons of fuel per soldier/day is needed.

US soldierSource: Army.mil (Image: en.wikipedia.org)
17

In 2014, the US spent more than 580 billion dollars on the Military, which was by far the highest amount in the world. The US was followed by China (129 billion) and Saudi Arabia (81 billion).

blackhetSource: Wikipedia. (Image: en.wikipedia.org)

16

After the release of the Top Gun movie in 1986, the US Navy stated that the number of young men who wanted to become Naval Aviators went up by 500 percent.

topgunSource: Wikipedia (Image: en.wikipedia.org)

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