What Are Some Facts About the U.S. Army?


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Some facts about the United States Army include that the army was officially founded on September 29, 1789, by Congress; President George Washington is largely responsible for the formation of the army; the Civil War is the most bloody U.S. battle; and that camouflage has been used by the army for more than 100 years. Washington asked Congress to create a uniform system that could protect the country.

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What Are Some Facts About the U.S. Army?
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The first Congress passed the bill to create a militia among the states that could be called into action by the president as needed for the well-being of the entire country. Until this was bill was passed, each state was able to refuse to send their men to fight for the nation.

Other facts about the military include that most presidents have had military backgrounds before being elected to office. As of 2015, 31 of the 43 U.S. presidents all served in the military. although not all had substantial roles. The military is also the largest employer in the world with 1.4 million paid active-duty members, 1.1 million paid National Guard reserve members and 700,000 paid civilian members.

The first women enlisted in the army around the time of World War I. Women were first used as nurses, cooks and seamstresses. However, some women dressed up as men to join and, in 1917, the first women in nonnurse roles were allowed into the army on a temporary basis. In 1948, U.S. President Harry Truman signed a bill that allowed women to serve at any time.

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