Armed forces of the United States - statistics & facts

Published by Erin Duffin, Apr 29, 2019
The United States military is one of the most trusted institutions in the United States with 74 percent of the public having confidence in it in 2018. 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.

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 lines of 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 1.36 million in 2018, the U.S. military is outnumbered heavily by China. Where the United States truly dominates is in regards to military spending. This amounted to 1,876 dollars per capita in 2016. There appears no decrease in spending on the horizon with forecasted outlays set to reach 727 billion U.S. dollars in 2026.

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. However, this number had decreased as of February 2018.

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Armed Forces of the United States

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