Branches of The U.S. Military
The United States military is one of the world's largest and is steeped in history and tradition.WatchMojo explores the differences between the five branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Branches of The U.S. Military
Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’ll be exploring the differences between the
five branches of the U.S. Military, the army, Marine Corps, navy, air force and coast
guard. In total, the U.S. Military is one of the worlds largest and today this pool of
recruits consists primarily of volunteers.
Gen. George Casey: I will always place the mission first. I would never accept defeat. I
will never quit, and I would never leave a fallen comrade.
The oldest and largest of the five military services the U.S. army is the country’s primary
force on the ground. With the motto “This will defend” the arm was established to protect
the U.S. and its interests by using troops, tanks, artillery and more.
The continental army was set up on June 14, 1775, and by 1784 it had been disbanded
and was replaced by the U.S. army. Broken into three components, today’s active duty
army is supported by two reserve units, the army reserves and the National Guard.
Recruits live by a set of core values that include loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service,
honor, integrity and personal courage. Together, these values form the acronym
Established as the continental marines on November 10, 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps
was originally created as a landing force for the navy. By 1798, the modern Marine Corps
was born and the group specialized in obtaining and maintaining control of beach heads.
More lightweight and mobile than the army, marines can be deployed quickly. This is one
reason they have served in almost every military conflict in American history.
Known for being the cream of the crop, the marines train harder and longer than other
branches, with a rigorous 12-week long boot camp challenging them physically and
mentally. Their motto “Sempre fideles” or “Always faithful” is a testament to their
fiercely loyal attitude.
The continental Congress established the navy at the same time as they founded the army
in 1775. Today, the United States navy is by far the largest in the world. Its primary job
has always been to preserve the freedom of the seas and to guard the county against
During conflicts, the navy enhances the power of the air force. The navy deploys their
aircraft carriers in areas where permanent landing strips are not viable, and carries
roughly 80 aircraft per carrier. They can also attack targets on land using guns and
missiles and use their submarines to strike at enemy shores, the navy also aides the
marines by bringing them to the battle zones. The motto of the navy is honor, courage,
commitment and these are the rules by which each member lives.
Established in 1947, the air force is the youngest of the military branches. It was World
War II that illustrated to the United States the importance of air power. Prior to that time,
the main task of the air force was to support forces on the ground. Since then, they have
been a separate service with the motto aim high, fly, fight, win. Therefore, as it is the
army’s responsibility to protect the U.S. and its interest on the ground, the air force does
the same in air and space. This includes the use of a variety of different aircraft as well as
military satellites. Similar to the army, the air force is enhanced by the air force reserves
and National Guard.
Founded in 1790, as the revenue cutter service, by 1915 the U.S. coast guard was formed.
During times of peace, their primary task is the enforcement of both domestic and
international laws, as well as boat safety and rescues. However, during wars, the coast
guard can be operated as a service in the department of the navy. Comprised of boats,
ships, aircraft and coastal stations they are sometimes supported by the coast guard
reserves and the volunteer coast guard auxiliary when necessary, their motto “Sempra
peratis’ means “always ready” and refers to the high level of preparedness expected of
the coast guard.
Dating back even before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the United
States military is a sacred institution that has played a huge role in the history of both the
U.S. and the world.
Gen. George Casey: Going to make us what we are today the best army on the face of the
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