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General Information About the United States Military

Information and resources which apply to multiple branches of the United States Military.
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Joint Fighting the Norm
Servicemembers joining the military today are not joining just the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps – they are joining a truly joint force. The American military has reached unprecedented levels of joint operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Military Rank History
The American military adapted most of its rank insignia from the British. Before the Revolutionary War, Americans drilled with militia outfits based on the British tradition. Sailors followed the example of the most successful navy of the time -- the Royal Navy.

Military Working Dogs
Military Working Dogs, along with their handlers from every military service, are deployed worldwide to support the war on terror, helping to safeguard military bases and activities and to detect bombs and other explosives before they inflict harm.

Special Operations Forces -- U.S. Military
Lock up a bunch of military members in a room, ask them to debate which Special Operations Group is the best. However, don't make any plans for the immediate future. They'll still be arguing about it when the beer and potato chips run out. Here's a look at U.S. Military Special Operations Forces.

Special Operations to Increase in Size
With the war on terrorism putting ever-increasing demands on special operations forces, U.S. Special Operations Command is boosting its manpower and increasing its support to theater commands and geographic commanders. To help meet these challenges, U.S. Special Operations Command plans to increase its force strength by more than 2,300 troops in the next four years.

State-by-State Statistics
State-by-State information about major military installations, number of personnel assigned, etc.

Transforming the Way the Military Trains
The joint force is now a reality, and the American military must train as it fights. To that end, the Department of Defense is transforming the way the services train.

Readers Respond to UPGRADING YOUR MILITARY DISCHARGE
Reader shares his experience with upgrading his military discharge.

The DOD Invests in Renewable Energy Resources
The U.S. Department of Defense focuses their attention and budget on renewable solar energy in order to invest in green technology.

Military Challenge Coins
Many readers may not even know what a “challenge coin” is, or how they are used within the modern-day military ranks, but their use is highly prevalent in many arenas. Members of the US Armed Forces have a long-standing tradition of carrying such coins that symbolize unit identity and brotherhood.

Do You Have A Challenge Coin?
Many readers may not even know what a “challenge coin” is, or how they are used within the modern-day military ranks, but their use is highly prevalent in many arenas. Members of the US Armed Forces have a long-standing tradition of carrying such coins that symbolize unit identity and brotherhood. Do You Have A Challenge Coin?

Letters From Home
Many men and women of the armed forces could use the support of their civilian friends back home while they are away, deployed or in training. There is now an easy way with an American owned small business called Write2Them, that converts e-mail into letters from home.

Military Drill
For today's military, regular parades in public displays the military as a highly trained, disciplined and professional, military force. Military drill is initiated in basic combat training (boot camp) and may take weeks of practice to perfect.

Military Logistics
Links and resources all about military logistics, from your About.com Guide to Logistics.

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