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Armed forces of the United States - Statistics & Facts

The United States military is one of the most trusted institutions in the United States, with 69 percent of the public having confidence in it in 2021. This level of public support comes after heavy involvement of the U.S. military in a number of military campaigns in the Middle East. Part of the positive view the public has for the military is sourced from the sacrifices required of their countrymen and women in places like Iraq. At times, this has included the ultimate sacrifice.

Serving one's country

That said, many servicemen and women do not endure grueling training and risking their lives purely out of patriotism for their country. A career in the military is sometimes the best option economically, raising concerns that those from more disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to end up in the firing line on a foreign continent.

Nevertheless, the military might of the United States is unquestionable. The U.S. Army has the largest number of active personnel, followed by the Navy and Air Force. Despite numbering over 1.4 million in 2021, the U.S. military is outnumbered heavily by China. Where the United States truly dominates is in regards to military spending. This amounted to 2,186 U.S. dollars per capita in 2021. There appears to be no decrease in spending on the horizon, with forecasted outlays set to reach 915 billion U.S. dollars in 2031.

The number one military in the world?

Be it pure coincidence or the repeated promises to “Make America Great Again” during his presidential campaign, the share of American’s who believed the United States was the number one military in the world increased following the election of Donald J. Trump to Commander in Chief in 2016. While this opnion has fluctuated since then, the share of people who believe the U.S. military to be the number one military in the world consistently stays above 50 percent. In 2020, 58 percent of Americans believed that the U.S. was the number one military power in the world.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 40 most important statistics relating to "United States Armed Forces".

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