Do you know which branch of the U.S. military had the honor of flying their flag at Iwo Jima? Remember whether a Colonel outranks a Major, or which department has its own infantry? And of course, everyone knows that Navy SEALs are the toughest people around, but do you know what SEAL stands for? If you consider yourself an expert on all things military, take our quiz to prove you've got what it takes!
For such an incredible global power, it's easy to forget that the U.S. military isn't all that old. It started as the Continental Army in the 1770s, when the 13 colonies declared independence, leaving them forced to do battle against Great Britain, which had one of the strongest military forces in the world at the time.
After the war ended and the U.S. emerged victoriously, Congress established permanent armed forces for the first time. The Army got its start in 1784, followed by the Navy a few years later, and the Marines by the end of the century. The Coast Guard and Air Force followed in the 20th century, leading to the military you're familiar with today.
With more than 1.3 million active duty members, the modern U.S. military is the largest in the world, and the U.S. accounts for a whopping 40 percent of all global military spending. Think you know everything there is to know about this military behemoth? Take our quiz to find out!
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