This week’s blog is all about our military. Most people have general knowledge about our service men and women, but there is a wealth of information that society at large is unaware of. Here are 10 little-known facts about the US Armed Forces.
1. 30 of the 43 Presidents served in the Army, 24 during time of war, two earned the rank of 5-star General (Washington and Eisenhower) and one earned the Medal of Honor (T. Roosevelt).
2. Less than 28% of Americans between the ages of 17-23 are qualified for military service.
3. The Department of Defense employs about 1.8 million people on active duty. It is the largest employer in the United States, with more employees than Exxon, Mobil, Ford, General Motors, and GE combined!
4. The Department of Defense owns 29,819,492 acres of land worldwide.
5. The Navy’s bell-bottom trousers are commonly believed to be introduced in 1817 to permit men to roll them above the knee when washing down the decks and to make it easier to remove them in a hurry when forced to abandon ship or when washed overboard. In addition the trousers may be used as a life preserver by knotting the legs and swinging them over your head to fill the legs with air.
6. The Coast Guard is smaller than the New York City Police Department.
7. The Air Force’s F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.
8. The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. His benefits were later restored by act of Congress.
9. The English bulldog is the unofficial mascot that symbolizes the ethos of the Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines. The U.S. Marine Corps earned this unofficial mascot during World War I, when many German reports called the attacking Marines “teufel-hunden,” meaning Devil-Dogs. “Teufel-hunden” was the vicious, wild and ferocious mountain dogs of German Bavarian folklore.
10. The U.S. Army was in charge of exploring and mapping America. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an all Army affair. Army officers were the first Americans to see such landmarks as Pike’s Peak and the Grand Canyon.
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