25 May Six Unknown Facts About U.S. Army
Did you know that the U.S. military owns almost 30 million acres of land?
If you have always loved digging into the military’s rich history and culture, this story is what you should be reading. Here are six intriguing facts about the U.S. military you might have never heard before-
The U.S. Army is one year older than America.
Before America originated on July 4, 1776, the Continental Army of 1775 was led by President George Washington. However, before this army was termed the U.S. army, it lacked any structure or chain of command. On June 14, 1775, the U.S. army was officially introduced through the Continental Congress and George Washington was appointed as the commander-in-chief of the new army.
Coast guard services used to be unpaid.
During WWII, an act mandated the coast guard services to employ unpaid civilians to protect waterways. However, after the Auxiliary and Reserve Act was passed in 1941, the reserve changed into an active branch while the civilian volunteer service changed into U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The story behind the Veterans Day
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 every year to pay tribute to every Veteran (living or dead) who served the nation honorably. However, originally, this day was celebrated as Armistice Day, which symbolized the end of WWI. On every Veterans Day, a memorial service is held in Arlington National Cemetery to honor the graves of more than 400,000 people who served in the military.
Most of the U.S. Presidents have served in the army.
Out of 44 men who have served as American President, 31 have served in the military. President George Washington was the first president to have military experience. Theodore Roosevelt received the Medal of Honor, and George H.W. Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
America has officially declared war only 11 times.
Although the U.S. has been at war most of the time, it has officially declared war only 11 times. These include five conflicts- the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, WWI and WWII.
Military dogs weren’t recognized until WWII.
Military dogs have worked in almost every conflict. However, their efforts were recognized only after WWII when Doberman Pinschers worked as scouts. Today, fully-trained bomb canines are worth more than $150,000.