Overall, the United States has the most powerful military on Earth, according to an analysis of the strength of 35 nations by Global Firepower and an infographic produced by Business Insider. However, other nations lead in individual categories such as personnel, equipment and weaponry.Know More
The U.S. military has an annual budget of approximately $6.125 billion. This figure more than triples the annual military budget of the next-highest spender, China, with its annual military budget of $1.26 billion. Although China ranks third overall, the nation boasts the largest number of active personnel of any military, with a total of 2.285 million soldiers.
The United States far exceeds the number of aircraft carriers of any other nation with 10. The next-closest contender is India, which has two aircraft carriers. India is ranked fourth overall. North Korea leads in the number of submarines with a total of 78. The next-closest is the United States with 72. Russia leads in the number of nuclear warheads with a total of 8,484. The next-closest contender is the United States with 7,506.Learn more about Military
As of November of 2014, the United States has a total of 10 active aircraft carriers with another two under construction. The oldest aircraft carrier still active is the USS Nimitz, which was commissioned on May 3rd, 1975.Full Answer >
Klick is a term the United States military uses in place of kilometers. A klick is equivalent to 1,000 meters or 0.62 miles.Full Answer >
Military call letters are the phonetic alphabet used in military communications when speaking on a radio or in other circumstances when clarity is crucial. Each letter is substituted by a full spoken word that starts with that letter.Full Answer >
For people in the military, pay ranged from $1,531.50 per month up to $19,762.50 per month, as of 2014. Pay is based on rank and the number of years the person has served.Full Answer >