Everyone has heard about the United States Armed Forces. If you’re into current affairs, or if you are a serious history aficionado, or maybe just watching movies like Crimson Tide, Top Gun, or Saving Private Ryan, or playing video games like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor, they are always there - maybe you have a family member, a friend or a co-worker who has served? Their ubiquitous presence in popular culture stems from the fact they are extremely famous for their bravery and numerous accomplishments that strongly affected the world’s politics and history.
The modern United States Armed Forces have the following divisions:
- Air Force
- Coast Guard
- Marine Corps
- Space Force
The History of the U.S. Armed Forces
The United States Armed Forces are older than our country itself. It is because their origins reach the American Revolutionary War, and they have strongly contributed to gaining our independence. What is more, further victories in the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War helped to strengthen a sense of national identity, pride, and unity. Also, thanks to them, our country did not get divided in the American Civil War.
The official American military framework as we know it today emerged after applying the National Security Act of 1947. At that time, the National Military Establishment was created, with the head being the secretary of defense. Also, the Act stated that the National Security Council and the United States Air Force needed to be formed. However, there was an important amendment in 1949, changing the name of the National Military Establishment to the Department of Defense and combining the cabinet-level Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, and Department of the Army into the Department of Defense.
The Significance of the U.S. Armed Forces
When it comes to personnel, the United States Armed Forces are one of the biggest military forces in the world. The personnel is employed by choosing candidates from a huge pool of paid volunteers. Moreover, our armed forces are also said to be the world’s most powerful military. The Department of Defense’s budget authority is around $721.5 billion for the Fiscal Year 2020. With such financial capabilities, they can invest in innovative and efficient technologies, and they can work all around the world - they already have around 800 military bases outside the United States.
Furthermore, it is worth knowing that by tonnage, the U.S. Navy is the world’s largest navy. Also, the U.S. Air Force is the largest air military power in the world. Apart from that, the U.S. Coast Guard is considered to be the world’s biggest maritime force. Another interesting fact is that the U.S. Space Force is the first independent space force in the world, and as of 2021, the exclusive one.
Ideas for Military Veteran’s Gift
After serving in the U.S Armed Forces, many veterans love to express their pride in devoting their lives to our country. For this reason, it is an excellent idea to purchase clothes, gear, or decorations that will refer to that as a gift for their retirement.
In our online store, you can buy, for example, a stunning military canvas that allows for high customization. You can choose not only one of a few suggested designs but also add a particular rank, insignia, name, date of retirement, or anything else you want. Such a decoration will certainly make a retired soldier feel you appreciate their devotion and effort, and it will allow them to express their pride whenever someone visits them.
Apart from military canvas, we have a lot of other products for veterans, including mugs, dog tags, T shirts, jackets, neckties, and sweatpants, to name but a few. Browse our offer and pick the products you like the most!