The United States Armed Forces consists of the 5 armed service branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, plus 3 general types: active duty, reserve & guard, and veterans and retirees.
The United States Armed Forces founded on June 14, 1775.
The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief, who is responsible for all final decisions. The Secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) has control over the military and each branch – except the Coast Guard, which is under the Dept. of Homeland Security. With over 2 million civilian and military employees, the DoD is the world’s largest “company.” Learn more
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Presidents of the U.S. are granted power to create executive orders by the Constitution, but orders must be lawful, keeping in-line with the Constitution and other legal statutes.
Some claim the Second Amendment, like the Three-Fifths Compromise, was ratified to preserve slavery. This is only partially true.
The point of the Second Amendment is to secure a free-state via a well-regulated state-run militia. Thus, people have the right to keep and bear arms.
When the plutonium bomb to be dropped on Nagasaki was tested, the Manhattan Project scientists made a bet on whether or not it would destroy the world.
Memorial Day originated as “Decoration Day” after the American Civil War (there is debate over whether it started in the North or South, but today it honors all Americans who served their country).
An Albatross can fly around the world without landing, glide hundreds of miles at a time without flapping its wings (which span up to 12 feet), and travel at speeds of over 50 Mph.