The historical Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman & British Empires relied heavily on foreign military bases during their peaks of power. After World War II the United States created the most extensive network of military bases ever, allowing for the deployment of Air & Naval Forces in moments.
No military in the history of the world has been more widely deployed as the United States.
Currently, the United States has military personnel deployed in about 150 Countries…This covers 75% of The World’s Nations.
FOR HISTORICAL TROOP LEVELS BY COUNTRY 1950-2012 - CLICK THE INTERACTIVE MAP BELOW
* This is truly a FUN & ADDICTING INTERACTIVE MAP. Feel free to play with the settings in the bottom left hand corner of the map. You can zoom and filter down to specific regions/Countries, change the colors, add number labels and MUCH MORE.
* Since Deployment levels can vary greatly each month we used the Official D.O.D. September 31st Report for EACH YEAR'S DATA
* The map is a current world map so former Countries like The USSR & Yugoslavia are associated with what would be the best equivalent modern day Country (Russia & Macedonia)
*Additional Notes-US Numbers include Overseas Territories except for Puerto Rico. UK Deployment Numbers include Overseas Territories like Diego Garcia. During the Iraq War the D.O.D. grouped troops in Iraq & Kuwait together and did not separate the #'s by Country. 2009-2011 Korea Numbers are Estimates as the D.O.D. listed them as “Not Available”
Total Active Duty Troop Levels as of Deptember 30th, 2012 – 1,388,028
Air Force – 328,812
Army – 546,057
Marines – 198,820
Navy – 314,339
The Top 14 Countries Where the United States has Active Troops
Click here to see larger version of Top 14 Places to Find Troops
The United States employees around 81,425 local foreigners across the World.
Military Land & Assets – The Department of Defense notes that the DOD owns "More than 600,000 individual buildings & structures at more than 6,000 locations on more than 30 million acres of land" You can check out Satellite images of some of those Buildings & Locations at our
US Military Bases Interactive Map
||| From 1950-2000 The United States has had over 118,800,000 active duty personnel serve for at least 1 year in the military
||| During that same time frame over 22% (27,300,000 men & women) served or were deployed overseas.
||| Since 1950 56 Countries have hosted at least 1,000 American troops at one point.
||| The largest amount of active duty personnel stationed overseas was during the Vietnam War in 1968 when over 1,082,777 troops were deployed on foreign soil.
||| The lowest amount of active duty personnel deployed occurred in 1999 when 206,003 troops were stationed on foreign soil.
|Military Age||17-62 Years Old|
|Available For Military Service||73,270,043 males age 18-49|
71,941,969 females age 18-49
|Fit For Military Service||60,620,143 males age 18-49|
59,401,941 females age 18-49
|Reaching Military Age Annually||2,161,727 males|
*Numbers are estimated using 2010 Census Data.
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