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The U.S. Armed Forces Quiz
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It is the mightiest -- and most expensive -- military force on Earth. How much do you know about the U.S. Armed Forces?

What color was found on the official uniforms of the Continental Army?

  • green
  • blue
  • gray

The U.S. armed forces are made up of how many branches?

  • three
  • four
  • five

What percentage of the world's total military expenditures is spent by the United States?

  • about 37%
  • about 28%
  • about 20%

After the Revolutionary War, the U.S. maintained a force made up of about how many men?

  • 3,000
  • 1,500
  • 700

What year was the last instance of conscription for the U.S. military?

  • 1972
  • 1963
  • 1941

About what percentage of Americans between the ages of 17 and 23 are qualified to serve in the armed forces?

  • About 28%.
  • About 39%.
  • About 47%.

In which war did the U.S. armed forces experience its highest number of casualties?

  • The Civil War
  • WWI
  • WWII

About how many foreign military bases does the armed forces have as a whole?

  • 500
  • 800
  • 1,200

In the 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by what percentage did U.S. military spending increase?

  • 30%
  • 40%
  • 50%

In what year was the Department of War renamed to Department of Defense?

  • 1921
  • 1949
  • 1972

When did women first enlist in the U.S. armed forces in non-medical roles?

  • 1908
  • 1912
  • 1917

What is the motto of the U.S. Army?

  • "Be All You Can Be"
  • "This We'll Defend"
  • "Not for Self but for Country"

How many people served in the U.S. Army during World War II?

  • 6 million
  • 12 million
  • 18 million

How many men and women are on active duty in the Coast Guard?

  • about 42,000
  • about 68,000
  • about 112,000

The U.S. didn’t maintain a large standing army until after which conflict?

  • The Spanish-American War
  • The Civil War
  • World War II

Which U.S. president signed a bill that allowed women to serve in the forces during peacetime as well as in times of war?

  • Roosevelt
  • Eisenhower
  • Truman

Which branch of the military falls under the Department of Homeland Security?

  • Coast Guard
  • Army
  • Navy

How many times has the United States formally declared war?

  • eight times
  • five times
  • 12 times

"Semper Fidlis" is the motto for which branch of the military?

  • Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Navy

How did Deborah Sampson manage to serve in the Continental Army, even though only men were allowed in the service?

  • She wore a disguise.
  • She looked just like a man.
  • She threatened to shoot anyone who tried to stop her.

Who was the first Secretary of Defense?

  • Robert Lovett
  • James Forrestal
  • Louis Johnson

How much money did the U.S. spend on the military in 2013?

  • about $2 trillion
  • about $900 billion
  • about $600 billion

What percentage of the U.S. discretionary budget went to the military in 2015?

  • 54%
  • 61%
  • 66%

How many women served in the armed forces during the 1991 Gulf War?

  • 40,000
  • 70,000
  • 100,000

When was the last time the U.S. formally declared war?

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Iraq War

The U.S. military is the second-largest employer in the world.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

About how many gallons of fuel does the Army require each year?

  • 1 billion gallons
  • 2 billion gallons
  • 4 billion gallons

Women make up what percentage of pilots in the armed forces?

  • about 5%
  • about 2%
  • about 0.5%

About how many Army installations are there around the world?

  • about 160
  • about 200
  • about 240

The National Security Act of 1947 created which branch of the armed forces?

  • Marine Corps
  • Coast Guard
  • Air Force