U.S. Army Facts

The U.S. Army is older than the United States
The Continental Army, as it was then known, was formally established after a resolution was passed on June 14, 1775, almost 13 months prior to the Declaration of Independence formally being ratified on July 4, 1776.

Big as a city, more land than states
If everyone serving in the Army were all concentrated in one location, it would be the 10th largest city in the U.S. And the land the Army owns is so massive, it’s larger than Hawaii and Massachusetts combined!

More Presidents than any other branch. 
Of the 46 men who have taken the oath of office for President of the United States, 31 of them served in the U.S. military in some capacity. Of those 31, 22 served in the U.S. Army, the Union Army, or a state militia. Though military service has become more of a rarity in recent years, there are even a few war heroes who rose to the title of President, including Theodore Roosevelt and George H.W. Bush. 

Medal of Honor 
Nearly 70% of all Medal of Honors that have been awarded have gone to members of the U.S. Army. And many of them aren’t even new: 1,198 of them were awarded for service during the Civil War. 

Who Let The Dogs Out
Dogs are a huge part of contemporary military service. There are currently around 500 dogs in the U.S. Army, who undergo around 16 hours of monthly training as well as quarterly evaluations.

Mapping the Country
The Army helped map the United States. You might be wondering about Lewis and Clark, but Army officers and noncommissioned officers were part of that mission to map out the territory that is now known as the American West. 

The Last Song
Long after all other branches found their theme music, on Veterans Day 1956 “The Army Goes Rolling Along” was finally declared as the Army’s official song.

Sources:
https://www.legion.org/library/242204/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-army
https://www.businessinsider.com/7-surprising-facts-you-probably-dont-know-about-the-us-army-2015-8
https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/army-facts/
https://www.uso.org/stories/1630-23-facts-for-the-army-s-240th-birthday
https://bestlifeonline.com/crazy-army-facts/

Posted on June 14 2021 in Blog

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