The us military can be considered as one of the most powerful military forces in the world. They use the latest weaponry. Their military technology is also so advanced that can easily detect and protect the country from any attack. However, there are many interesting facts that most people didn’t know about the U.S. military. Below, we have the list of those facts that will help you understand more about them.
U.S. Military is Older than the U.S. Itself
The U.S. as a country was born on July 4th, 1776. However, the Army that can be considered to be the military of the U.S. has existed a year earlier. Previously, it was called the Continental Army and was formed on June 14th, 1775. This army was formed in order to attack the British colonial in Boston. This is the first time where the real unity of all army was worked together as one unit.
U.S. Army Can Easily Become 10th Largest City in the State
U.S. Army has more than 1 million soldiers working in it. Half of them are working as a full-time soldier. The rest of them work at the many department and institution related to militaries, such as National Guard or Army Reserve. With this number of soldiers, they can easily top many cities in the U.S.
For example, this amount of population is more than the population of San Jose, California or Austin, Texas. So, if all of them live in one area, they can easily form a city. And, it’s not only a city but the 10th largest city in the U.S.
The Second-Largest Employer
If you see the U.S. Army as a company, you can easily see it as one of the largest company in the U.S. with more than 1 million employees. The only company that can beat the U.S. Army in term of employee numbers is Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart has more than 2.2 million people working in it, which make it the company with the largest number of employee in the U.S.
Every Year U.S. Army Use 1 Billion Gallons of Fuel
The big number of soldiers that use many equipment and infrastructure needs a lot of fuels. According to the 2011 Army fact sheet, they estimate that every soldier in the U.S. Army uses more than 22 gallons per day. Those numbers are more than what soldier use during World War II.
The number of fuel that the military used is also increasing significantly according to the 2008 Army report. They said that the U.S. military purchased around 880 million gallons of fuel in that year. And, that amount of fuel is only used for mobility operations.
Today, the U.S. Department of Defense tries to cut down the usage of the fuel, especially fossil fuel. They said that using fossil fuel and depend on their service too much to this fuel will only increase the risk of a logistical problem. So, we can expect something good and better alternative for it. And, that’s all the interesting fact about the us military.