It’s the world’s largest employer and most powerful military machine. With a spending budget close to $600 billion and more than 1 million troops in action, the five branches of the U.S. armed forces are the most sophisticated and well trained in the world. See how much you know about our men and women in uniform by taking the military intelligence quiz below.
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Which was the first branch of the U.S. military?
The Continental Army, formed during the Revolutionary War, was rebranded the U.S. Army in 1784.
What are the primary branches of the U.S. military?
Don’t forget the Coast Guard. Along with the Air Force, Army and Navy, these branches make up the primary divisions of the U.S. military. The Marines technically fall under the Dept. of Navy.
Minimum age to join the military:
You must be 17 with parental permission and valid U.S. citizenship. You also need a high school diploma, since a GED may or may not be enough.
Who controls the military?
The president is the supreme commander of all branches of the U.S. military. The secretary of defense has authority over all other military matters.
Which military unit is the smallest?
With only seven to 14 soldiers, and led by a sergeant, a squad is the smallest military unit in the U.S. Army.
The military is part of the:
Traditional military forces, Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy, fall under the Department of Defense. The Coast Guard receives orders from the Department of Homeland Security in times of peace and the Department of Defense in times of war.
ROTC stands for:
The Reserve Officers Training Corps trains young people to be military officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines by the time they finish college.
Conscription, commonly called the draft, was popularized during the world wars and Vietnam. The last conscription lottery took place in 1973.
Which color is not used in camouflage?
Camouflage is the traditional on-duty uniform for the Army and Marines. Modern camouflage includes green, brown and grey.
A stop-loss order forbids soldiers from leaving the service. President Bush signed a stop loss order in 2004, extending thousands of soldiers’ tours of duty.
A stop loss order forbids soldiers from leaving the service. President Bush signed a stop loss order in 2004, extending thousands of soldiers’ tours of duty.
Navy ranks from lowest to highest:
Each military branch uses a separate ranking system. Navy ranks from lowest to highest: Seaman; petty officer; warrant officer; ensign; lieutenant; commander; captain; admiral.
Match the motto with the military branch
Semper fidelis (always faithful) is the motto of Marines.
Honor, courage, commitment:
The Navy proclaims: Honor, courage, commitment. These are its core values.
Semper paratus = always ready.
This We’ll Defend:
The “we” in the Army’s motto reinforces its collective and team effort, while the “defend” stands as the Army’s main mission.
Which division of the military is the largest?
With more than 500,000 enlisted troops, the Army makes up nearly half of all the U.S. armed forces. From largest to smallest: Army; Navy; Air Force; Marines; Coast Guard.
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