Posted by: Christopher Ryan | Sun 03 Jul, 2011

The Military

THE MILITARY

          I’ve been kinda busy here lately and haven’t had time to post anything but I think this is just in time for Independence day, that’s the fourth of July for those of you who only know it by that.  I just want to clear up a few myths or some things that most civilians may not know.  So, with that being said, I hope you all enjoy it.

          Our current military structure is due to the National Security Act of 1947.  This is the same act that created the USAF (United States Air Force) and restructured the “War Department” into the Department of Defense (DOD).  There are four branches of the military; there is the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.  Many people would say that I’m wrong, that I’m leaving out the Coast Guard.  Until recently, when we are in peace time the Coast Guard fell under the Department of Transportation, but since September 11, 2001 the United States has produced legislation to move the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland Security and in wartime it is under the DOD (Department of Defense) by way of the US Navy.

          The United States Army is the oldest military service, officially established on 14 June 1775 by the Continental Congress.  The Army serves Uncle Sam by defending America on the ground both foreign and domestic, by armor tanks, artillery, attack helicopters, and tactical nuclear weapons.  The Navy was established on 13 October 1775 by a resolution by the Continental Congress which created the Continental Navy.  The Navy’s primary mission is to maintain the freedom of the seas.  Also, in times of conflict, the Navy helps to assist the Air Force and protect our national interests.

          The Marines were officially established on 10 November 1775.  They were to act as a landing force for the Navy.  They were reestablished on 11 July 1798 and placed under the control of the SECNAV (Secretary of the Navy).  While amphibious
operations are the primary specialty, in recent years, the Marines have expanded other ground-combat operations, as well.  The marines are generally a “lighter” force when compared to the Army, so they can generally be deployed quickly.  As mentioned earlier the Air Force was established on 18 September 1947.  Prior to this the United States Air Force was the US Army Air Corps.  The Stated mission of the USAF today is to “fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace”.  They preserve the peace and security, and provide for the defense of the US, their territories, commonwealths, and possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States.

          The United States Coast Guard was originally established as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790.  In 1915, it was reformed as the United States Coast Guard, under the Treasury Department.  In 1967, the CG was transferred to the Department of Transportation.  In 2002 Legislation was passed transferring the USCG to the Department of Homeland Security.  In peacetime, the CG is primarily concerned with law enforcement, boating safety, sea rescue, and illegal immigration control.  The President, however, can transfer part or all of the Coast guard to the Department of the Navy in times of conflict.  They consist of ships, boats, aircraft, and shores stations that conduct a variety of missions.

          The US defense budget is $379 billion after a recent rise of 14 per cent. This is the biggest rise in 20 years.  The US has 247,000 troops and civilians posted overseas, with a presence in more than 130 countries, covering every time zone. The US has 13 military bases in countries around Afghanistan. It has a military presence in Uzbekistan, Takijstan, Kyrgystan and Georgia, all former Soviet countries.  The Department of Defense employs 1.4 million people on active duty. It is the largest employer in the US, with more employees than Exxon, Mobil, Ford, General Motors, and GE combined.  The US operates a fleet of more than 15,000 aircraft, including 20 stealth bombers in service. The navy operates more than 1,000 ocean-going vessels.  The US headquarters at the Pentagon employs 23,000 workers and incorporates over 17 miles of corridors.  The US spends an average of $28,000 on research and development for each member of its armed forces compared to the European average of $7,000.

          Many people may not agree with the war/wars that we are involved in, but please do not take this pain and frustration out on the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines serving their country both foreign and domestic.  They wrote a blank check made payable to the United States up to, and including their life.  They serve and protect America at all cost.  Their oath of enlistment is:

“I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

It should not be taken lightly.  The Army’s Soldiers Creed is:

“I am an American Soldier.

I am a Warrior and a member of a
team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.

I will always place the
mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen
comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and
mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always
maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a
professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and
destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the
American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.”

These are not mere words that they say, they are words that the American soldier live by.  They use each other to stay strong in times of great grief.  Most Americans have no clue what they go through and we should be willing to stand behind them.  If not we should be willing to stand in front of them.

May God Bless you and our Troops

Christopher E. Ryan

 

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Responses

  1. Great word Chris. To the last part I must say HOORAH!

  2. And by HOORAH I mean HOOAH!****


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