United States Armed forces

USA
Population
324 527 000
Military budget
610 billion $
Active personnel
1 281 900
Nuclear weapons
7 200 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Washington
Area: 9 857 306 km2
Population: 324 527 000
Etnic groups: white 79.96%, black 12.85%, Asian 4.43%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.97%
Religions: Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%

Military branches

(United States Armed Forces) US Army, US Navy (includes Marine Corps), US Air Force, US Coast Guard; note - Coast Guard administered in peacetime by the Department of Homeland Security, but in wartime reports to the Department of the Navy.

Military service

18 years of age (17 years of age with parental consent) for male and female voluntary service; no conscription; maximum enlistment age 42 (Army), 27 (Air Force), 34 (Navy), 28 (Marines); service obligation 8 years, including 2-5 years active duty (Army), 2 years active (Navy), 4 years active (Air Force, Marines); DoD is eliminating prohibitions restricting women from assignments in units smaller than brigades or near combat units.

Military expenditures

Military budget
610 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
3,1

Manpower

Active personnel
1 281 900

(China)

Reserve
811 000

(China)

Available
73 270 043

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
6 393

(Russia)

AFV
41 760

(USA)

Artillery
3 269

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
950

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
1 197
Armoured fighting vehicles includes infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, armoured personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles(MRAP), amphibious and reconnaissance vehicles.
Total artillery includes towed, self-propelled gun(SPG) and rocket artillery.

Tanks

TypeNameNumber

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-M11172900
-M88 Hercules748
-RG-332386
-Buffalo750

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber

Air Forces

Total aircraft
12 304

(USA)

Fighters
457

(China)

Multirole
2 192

(USA)

Attack
587

(Russia)

Helicopters
4 889

(USA)

Total aircraft - number of all military aircraft and helicopters in country. Includes training and cargo aircraft. Does not include drones.
Attack includes ground-attack and strategic bomber aircraft.

Fighter aircraft

Multirole aircraft

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-AC-13035
-B-5275

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-HH-65 Dolphin101
-UH-72 Lakota341
-AH-1 SuperCobra105
-AH-1Z Viper72
-CH-53E Super Stallion142
-MH-53 Sea Dragon27
-TH-67 Creek163
-TH-57 Sea Ranger129
-MH/AH-6M Little Bird47
-UH-72A Lakota341
-UH-1Y Venom138
-VH-3D Sea King11

Navy

Total naval
437

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
20

(USA)

Destroyers
85

(USA)

Frigates
0

(China)

Corvettes
0

(Russia)

Submarines
71

(China)

Total naval - number of all military ships in country. Includes auxiliaries.
Aircraft carriers includes helicopter carriers. Destroyers includes Battlecruisers and Cruisers.

Aircraftcarriers

TypeNameNumber
-America-class1

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
--

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber
--

Submarines

Nuclear weapons

The first country to develop and to military use nuclear warheads in the world. Everything started from the Manhattan project, a research that had one particular goal in focus – to develop and produce the first nuclear weapon. Americans were the first to wield such powerful weapon. Everything started in 1941, which is date of the beginning of Manhattan project. Since the end of the Second World War, United States became the leading country when it comes to possessing nuclear warheads and it lasted approximately to 1980s. We should also bear in mind that United States are also the only nation that ever used nuclear weapon in military conflict.

In 1960, the amount of warheads stored by Americans exceeded 30,000. However, it is worth to note that throughout the entire period of the so-called Cold War, USA managed to build approximately 70,000 nuclear warheads, what is more than all other countries with access to nuclear weapons combined. From the first test that happened in 1945 to this day, the USA conducted 1054 tests of atomic bombs. Still, as a result of introduced restrictions on the amount of warheads one state can possess, the current number has dropped to 6500 warheads. Noteworthy is also the fact that out of this number, United States deployed only 1600.