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Old 12-01-04, 05:07 PM
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question about US Military

please excuse my ignorance on this:

there are currently around 138,000 "troops" in iraq.

now i have heard for every armed soldier (marine, infantryman, etc) there are 8 or 9 support personnel (cooks, mechanics, engineers, doctors, medics, specialty personnel etc).............is the 138,000 number made of all fighting armed soldiers or does that include everyone?

is the total number of active troops in the US Military (from all the branches) which i think is over 1 million including support personnel or is that ready to fight armed soldiers?

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Old 12-01-04, 05:17 PM
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Re: question about US Military

Originally posted by MACD23
please excuse my ignorance on this:

there are currently around 138,000 "troops" in iraq.

now i have heard for every armed soldier (marine, infantryman, etc) there are 8 or 9 support personnel (cooks, mechanics, engineers, doctors, medics, specialty personnel etc).............is the 138,000 number made of all fighting armed soldiers or does that include everyone?

is the total number of active troops in the US Military (from all the branches) which i think is over 1 million including support personnel or is that ready to fight armed soldiers?
Based on this:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...eployments.htm

that 138,000 includes everyone.
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Here you go:

http://www.militaryfactory.com/sitemap.asp

look in the bottom right corner...

[edited] I think these numbers are based on the Maximum # of troops available....say...if we were invaded.


even better:

http://www.exxun.com/epwr/wr_military_man_avail_f.html

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Old 12-01-04, 06:05 PM
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Shortly that 138,000 number will be increased to 150,000.

I don't know what the current ratio between combat troops & total strength is in Iraq.

I would imagine it's about 1 to 3, but that's merely a guess.
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Originally posted by wabio
Here you go:

http://www.militaryfactory.com/sitemap.asp

look in the bottom right corner...

[edited] I think these numbers are based on the Maximum # of troops available....say...if we were invaded.


even better:

http://www.exxun.com/epwr/wr_military_man_avail_f.html
That's a crazy number. Counts all males age 15-49. Even when we had a draft, age limit for draft was generally 18-27, so nine years at risk not 34. That's around 4:1 overstated.

There is a maximum authorized strength for each service. I've seen a number a little under 500,000 but I'm not sure if that is just Army (the largest service) or total military.
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http://www.exxun.com/epwr/wr_military_man_avail_f.html

That cannot be right or near right.
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Originally posted by Myster X
http://www.exxun.com/epwr/wr_military_man_avail_f.html

That cannot be right or near right.
Basically it's an estimate of how many men could possibly be counted upon to take up arms in case of something like an invasion. It's more a measure of resources than anything else.
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China's military manpower.
http://www.idsnews.com/story.php?id=17837
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The proper term is "authorized end strength", each service has its own number for active and reserve, and for officers and enlisted. Finding and adding all the pieces is a PITA. This link gives all the pieces for 1997, everything else gives only a piece or two. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquer...el=TOC_577808&

The roughly 500,000 figure is active army. Adding active for all services gave about 1.3 million active, 0.9 million reserve, 2.3 million total. During Cold War, we had over 3 million active, I don't know about reserves.
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I think there is a posibility that there are more front line troops than you might think. Given the fact that vast portions of the support structure are now contracted out to companies like Haliburton, the truck drivers and the cooks and all that jazz don't have to be regular military anymore.
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