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Freedom is not free. It is paid with every drop of blood, sweat, and tears of our men and women who serve or has served in the armed forces.

Brief History of the Military

By Victor Porrello

The United States military history began when the 13 English colonies were allied against the British army during the Revolutionary War (1775 -1783) also known as the American War of Independence. From those days of a non-professional military to becoming a world power over the next 2 centuries, the U.S. today is the sole superpower of the world.

There are 5 branches of the military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard. The chain of command is first, the President of the United States or Commander-in-Chief, followed by the Secretary of Defense and then the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff which is made of up of all the military branches. These 5 armed services are part of the 7 uniformed services of the United States. The other two branches are the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commission Corps.

The beginning of a professional armed services played a crucial role in the formation of a united country. It gave and still gives the citizens of the U.S. a sense of pride and national unity. In the past during certain times in our history the armed services used a draft to fill its ranks of soldiers and seamen. The draft has not been in force since 1972 and depends solely on volunteers of young people, brave patriots who are eager to serve their country and fellow countrymen.

In July 1930 the United States Veterans Administration was formed. This organization is a government run military system to give aid and benefits to those who served in the armed forces and also to extend those benefits to their families. The benefits available to these men and women are medical benefits, disability compensation, home loans, education, vocational rehabilitation, life insurance, survivor benefits and burial benefits.

We, the people, owe our military men and women our gratitude, respect and allegiance for their dedication, sacrifices and for putting their lives in jeopardy in order that we may enjoy the freedom and liberty in this great country we call the United States of America.

Their sacrifices for all of us goes to the very heart of what makes our country great. Show these brave young men and women of the armed services that you support them and honor them for their strength and courage. Visit for a military clock, watch or ring with your favorite armed forces logo

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