Discover the 11 Epic Facts About the Army of the United States

Julia | 04 - 10 - 2020
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The United States Army is the most prestigious and largest branch of the U.S Armed forces. It has played a vital role in the land warfare offence and defence of the United States of America. Enjoy exploring the rich history of U.S military facts and take the quiz to explore more.

Facts 

  1. The Army is the only service that can seize and provide security to the widely expanded territory for an extended period of time, whereas the marine is too small to conduct these missions and the airforce and navy are not suited for the standoff roles.
  2. The US Army is the oldest and most senior branch of the US military. The modern US Army has its roots in the Continental Army which was formed 245 years ago to fight against the American revolutionary war before the United States was established as a country.
  3. On June 19, 1775, Samuel and John Adams nominated George Washington as commander in chief of the Continental Army. He was chosen over John Hancock because of his inspiring military records and the faith that a Virginian would be a better leader to unite the colonies.
  4. A 2008 Army report said that the service obtained approximately 880 million gallons of fuel for mobility operations and the 2011 army report also estimated that the Army used 22 gallons of fuel every day which was huge when compared to the World War II.
  5. The first documented Submarine named Turtle Was Used by the US Army in the Revolutionary War. The submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach the time bomb to the British Admiral Richard Howe’s flagship Eagle in New York Harbour. That was the first use of a submarine in combat.
  6. Among the 44 US presidents who had military experience, 24 were from the Army. Even though being in the military is not a requirement for presidency, George Washington created a trend that inspired the future presidents to serve in the military.
  7. The US Army maintains the second spot of having the largest employer with nearly 1 million soldiers on active duty and reserve soldiers whereas Walmart is America’s first largest employer with 2.2 million people on the payroll
  8. The song ” the Army’s always there” by Sam step was the Army’s first official song. After 181 years the Army rooted on “the Army goes rolling along ” song by tuning it as an official song in 1956 and made the Army be the last branch to adapt to the official song.
  9. The vast majority of U.S. Army working dogs ( MWD) in recent times are about 500 dogs that are German and Dutch shepherds and Belgian Malinois. breeds were chosen because they are very aggressive, smart, loyal and athletic and they are trained in various methods of tracking, attacking and detection for 16 hours per month.
  10. As US pilots were pushed to new heights, they started reporting of having headache and altitude sickness from the glare of the sky. To solve this issue John Macready, US Army air corps lieutenant general asked Bausch and Lomb in 1929 to design a pair of glasses naming it as ray-ban.
  11. In 1968, The US Army introduced a robot called a walking truck in order to help the infantry carry equipment over rough terrain. The robot was also called CAM( Cybernetic Anthropomorphous Machine) which weighs about 3000 pounds and was exhausting to use.

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