United States Armed Forces

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The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States of America.wikipedia
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United States Army

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It consists of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

United States Marine Corps

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It consists of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy as well as the Army and Air Force.

United States Navy

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It consists of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

United States Air Force

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It consists of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

United States Coast Guard

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It consists of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is the coastal defense, search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's seven uniformed services.

United States

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The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States of America.
It is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, and is a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.

President of the United States

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The president of the United States is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and forms military policy with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), both federal executive departments, acting as the principal organs by which military policy is carried out.
The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

United States Department of Defense

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The president of the United States is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and forms military policy with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), both federal executive departments, acting as the principal organs by which military policy is carried out.
The United States Department of Defense (DoD, USDOD or DOD) is an executive branch department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government directly related to national security and the United States Armed Forces.

Powers of the president of the United States

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The president of the United States is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and forms military policy with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), both federal executive departments, acting as the principal organs by which military policy is carried out.
The Constitution explicitly assigns the president the power to sign or veto legislation, command the armed forces, ask for the written opinion of their Cabinet, convene or adjourn Congress, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors.

United States Department of Homeland Security

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The president of the United States is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and forms military policy with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), both federal executive departments, acting as the principal organs by which military policy is carried out.
According to border theorist Peter Andreas, the creation of DHS constituted the most significant government reorganization since the Cold War, and the most substantial reorganization of federal agencies since the National Security Act of 1947, which placed the different military departments under a secretary of defense and created the National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency.

Conscription in the United States

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Although conscription has been used in the past in various times of both war and peace, it has not been used since 1973, but the Selective Service System retains the power to conscript males, and requires that all male citizens and residents residing in the U.S. between the ages of 18–25 register with the service.
From 1940 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the United States Armed Forces that could not be filled through voluntary means.

List of countries by military expenditures

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As of 2018, the U.S. constitutes roughly 36 percent of the world's military expenditures.

United States Space Force

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On March 1, 2019, the Department of Defense sent a proposal to Congress that would establish the United States Space Force as an independent military service within the Department of the Air Force.
The United States Space Force (USSF) is the proposed space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

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The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps was formerly considered to be a branch of the United States Armed Forces from 29 July 1945 until its status as such was revoked on 3 July 1952.
Officers of the PHS are classified as noncombatants, unless directed to serve as and part of the armed forces by the President or detailed to a service branch of the armed forces.

United States Secretary of Defense

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The DoD is headed by the secretary of defense, who is a civilian and member of the Cabinet.
The secretary of defense (SecDef) is the leader and chief executive officer of the United States Department of Defense, the executive department of the Armed Forces of the U.S. The secretary of defense's position of command and authority over the U.S. military is second only to that of the president.

Military

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The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States of America.
This helps to quantify and qualify such statements as: "China and India maintain the largest armed forces in the World" or that "the U.S. Military is considered to be the world's strongest".

Uniformed services of the United States

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All five armed services are among the seven uniformed services of the United States.
The five uniformed services that make up the United States Armed Forces are defined in the previous clause :

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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The president, secretary of defense and other senior executive officials are advised by a seven-member Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is headed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the United States military and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) is, by U.S. law, the highest-ranking and senior-most military officer in the United States Armed Forces and is the principal military advisor to the President, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense.

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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The president, secretary of defense and other senior executive officials are advised by a seven-member Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is headed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the United States military and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS) is, by U.S. law, the second highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces, ranking just below the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Goldwater–Nichols Act

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Rather, the Goldwater-Nichols Act charges them only with advisory power.
The Goldwater–Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of October 4, 1986, (signed by President Ronald Reagan), made the most sweeping changes to the United States Department of Defense since the department was established in the National Security Act of 1947 by reworking the command structure of the United States military.

Organizational structure of the United States Department of Defense

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Just as the president, the secretary of defense, and the secretary of homeland security, are in charge of the entire military establishment, maintaining civilian control of the military, so too are each of the Defense Department's constitutive military departments headed by civilians.
The President of the United States is, according to the Constitution, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces and Chief Executive of the Federal Government.

Constitution of the United States

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The 1787 adoption of the Constitution gave the Congress the power to "raise and support armies", to "provide and maintain a navy" and to "make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces", as well as the power to declare war.
The president is the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and state militias when they are mobilized.

Commandant of the Coast Guard

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Although commanding one of the five military branches, the commandant of the Coast Guard is not a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Though the United States Coast Guard is one of the five military branches of the United States, unlike the other service chiefs, the commandant of the Coast Guard is not a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Air National Guard

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With the consent of state governors or equivalents, members or units of the Air National Guard may be appointed, temporarily or indefinitely, to be federally recognized members of the armed forces, in the active or inactive (e.g., reserve) service of the United States.

United States Forces Japan

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Some of the largest deployments are: 103,700 in Afghanistan, 52,440 in Germany (see list), 35,688 in Japan (USFJ), 28,500 in South Korea (USFK), 9,660 in Italy and 9,015 in the United Kingdom.
They establish and implement policies to accomplish the mission of the United States Armed Forces in Japan and are responsible for developing plans for the defense of the country.