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An Overview of the Military

The U.S. Military has a long and glorious history that originates to the roots of the country. Citizens authorized the government to build and maintain an organized military that has approval to use lethal force to combat perceived threats at home and abroad. There are many unique traditions for each branch of military service. These branches are: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves that are associated with each branch.

The military is responsive to and under the direction of the Department of Defense. Each participates as ordered in missions, tasks, campaigns, battles, wars, strategic moves, tactical goals and occupations as ordered by the DOD, and in accordance with national defense policy. Officers and enlisted members participate in public events, study technology, weaponry, and communications. The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief of all military branches.

Joining the military brings great rewards and benefits to those persons acting to serve their country as part of the military services. A lifetime career is the choice of many recruits and volunteers. Benefits include monetary compensation, housing, transportation, and educational opportunities. While there currently is no formal draft or conscription, volunteerism is very active. Military personnel in all services totaled about 1.5 million on active duty, and approximately another 850,000 National Guard, Reserve and Ready Reserve as of May, 2009.

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