There are five active branches of the Military.
- Army – As the oldest branch of the Military, the Army protects the security of the United States and its resources.
- Marine Corps – Working closely with the Navy, the Marine Corps is often first on the ground in combat situations.
- Navy – The Navy defends the right to travel and trade freely on the world’s oceans and protects national interests overseas.
- Air Force – The Air Force protects American interests at home and abroad with a focus on air power.
- Coast Guard – The Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region, including international waters and America’s coasts, ports and inland waterways.
Each Service has a corresponding Reserve, and most states and territories have an Army National Guard and Air National Guard unit.
Last Modified on September 27, 2017