There are numbers we hear everyday about our troops. How many are coming home, how many have to stay, how many kids will spend Christmas without a parent. In this infographic I’ve created, I narrowed down what I found to be some of the most vital, shocking, and overlooked statistics about the U.S. Military. We hear these numbers all the time, but sometimes we need to see them to really understand them.
- Thank Your Veterans: There are currently 22.3 million veterans living in the United States. California takes the number one spot with over 2 million. (Department of Veteran Affairs)
- Deployment Overseas: At the height of deployment in the middle east, over 300,000 soldiers were overseas. Deployments have ranged from a high of over 1 million, to a low of only 200,000 in 1999. (The Heritage Foundation)
- Where they’ve been: There are roughly 200 countries in the world. 50 of them have been a home at one point to over 1,000 of our brave men and women. (World Atlas)
- Who are they: As if enlisting and shipping out isn’t brave enough, servicewomen take it a step further facing a 7:1 ratio. Girl power. (United States Census)
- At Your Service: Currently deployed, the U.S. Army takes the lead at 39%. Air Force 24%, Navy 23%, Marine Corps 14%
- Awaiting Homecoming: 31% of Marines, and almost half of the servicemen and women enlisted in the Army, Navy, and Air Force are parents. (Military One Source; Department of Defense)