In the United States there are five different military branches that exist and that you can join to serve the country. The different branches are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard. All of them are somewhat different from each other but the main thing they have in common is that they help to serve and protect the citizens of the United States of America. Whatever branch people decide to join is what they chose and wanted to become part of and there is a fierce loyalty to that specific branch as well. Many active duty members as well as retired members of the military proudly display their branch in different ways like wearing military t-shirts or a military american flag shirts with their unit on it or decorating their home or car with decals and other mementos depicting their branch too. This article will describe three out of the five branches, the Army, Navy and the Air Force.
The Army is responsible for handling the defense and protection of the country on the ground. This is done by use of ground troops, tanks, helicopters and tactical nuclear weapons. It is the oldest of all of the branches having been formed on June 14, 1775. It is also the largest of all of the branches as well with 76,000 officers and over 400,000 enlisted members that are on active duty. The Army is also supported by two reserve groups called the Army Reserves and the Army National Guard which each state has their own National Guard unit but in times of need, The President of America can request the help of the National Guard at any time.
The Navy was also established in 1775, like the Army and their main responsibility is handling and the maintaining the freedom of the seas. In order to do this they use navy ships, cruise missiles, submarines and also large aircraft carriers that can hold up to 80 aircraft. The Navy often helps the Air Force with getting air service to areas that are in conflict by the use of their ships. The Navy is also responsible for getting the Marines to areas of conflict as well. They are definitely intertwined with other branches. They do not have a Naval National Guard to support them like the Army does but some states have what is called Naval Militias.
The Air Force is the youngest branch having been created in 1947. They used to be a section of the Army but after World War II the need for stronger air force was realized. The Air Force has the job of defending the US through air and space using many different types of aircraft. They are also responsible for military satellites and the country’s nuclear missiles. They are helped by the Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard as well.