The U.S. Armed Forces Quiz

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It is the mightiest -- and most expensive -- military force on Earth. How much do you know about the U.S. Armed Forces?

What color was found on the official uniforms of the Continental Army?

And it was George Washington who selected the color.

The U.S. armed forces are made up of how many branches?

That includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

What percentage of the world's total military expenditures is spent by the United States?

The U.S. spends $2.77 for every dollar that the second-highest country (China) spends.

After the Revolutionary War, the U.S. maintained a force made up of about how many men?

It disbanded the rest of the army, indicating that maintaining a large army in peacetime was inconsistent with the country's values.

What year was the last instance of conscription for the U.S. military?

It became very common for "draft dodgers" to try and avoid serving in Vietnam.

About what percentage of Americans between the ages of 17 and 23 are qualified to serve in the armed forces?

Only about one in four people is even eligible to serve.

In which war did the U.S. armed forces experience its highest number of casualties?

More than 600,000 men were lost during the Civil War, 200,000 more than in World War II.

About how many foreign military bases does the armed forces have as a whole?

These bases give the U.S. a way to defend its interests around the world.

In the 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by what percentage did U.S. military spending increase?

Non-military spending was not a priority until after the 2008 recession started.

In what year was the Department of War renamed to Department of Defense?

The Department of War was established way back in 1789.

When did women first enlist in the U.S. armed forces in non-medical roles?

They did office type work, meaning that another able-bodied man could be sent to the front lines.

What is the motto of the U.S. Army?

"Not for Self but for Country" is the Navy's motto.

How many people served in the U.S. Army during World War II?

That army would have dwarfed today's entire armed forces.

How many men and women are on active duty in the Coast Guard?

The Coast Guard's motto is "Always Ready."

The U.S. didn’t maintain a large standing army until after which conflict?

World War II made military-related commercial enterprises a huge generator of wealth.

Which U.S. president signed a bill that allowed women to serve in the forces during peacetime as well as in times of war?

The Women's Armed Services Act was signed in 1948.

Which branch of the military falls under the Department of Homeland Security?

The Coast Guard is critical to maritime law enforcement.

How many times has the United States formally declared war?

The armed forces have been used hundreds of times for other operations, though.

"Semper Fidlis" is the motto for which branch of the military?

Translated from Latin, it means "Always faithful."

How did Deborah Sampson manage to serve in the Continental Army, even though only men were allowed in the service?

She served a year and a half under the name "Robert Shurtleff" and was wounded in battle.

Who was the first Secretary of Defense?

After taking office in 1947, he served for 558 days.

How much money did the U.S. spend on the military in 2013?

The U.S. consistently spends far more on its military than any other country.

What percentage of the U.S. discretionary budget went to the military in 2015?

And that number was still lower than in years past.

How many women served in the armed forces during the 1991 Gulf War?

They were still prohibited from being a part of ground assaults.

When was the last time the U.S. formally declared war?

Since then, the conflicts have been informal (but just as deadly).

The U.S. military is the second-largest employer in the world.

It is actually the world's biggest, with about 3 million employees.

About how many gallons of fuel does the Army require each year?

That's roughly 22 gallons per day, per soldier.

Women make up what percentage of pilots in the armed forces?

Female pilots have proven themselves time and again.

About how many Army installations are there around the world?

The U.S. stresses the importance of having a physical presence to exert its influence.

The National Security Act of 1947 created which branch of the armed forces?

Before then, the Air Force was a part of the Army.

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