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The United States Armed Forces are the military of the United States , a key instrument of foreign policy of the United States and the hegemonic position of the country is crucial. They consist of the five sub-forces : US Army , US Air Force , US Navy , US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard, Overall, they make for decades, the best equipped and also well staffed , after the People’s Liberation Army of the Volksrepublik China , second largest military power is.
The five branches of the armed forces consist of more than 1.4 million active soldiers and nearly 1.1 million reservists, which in case of war the paramilitary aligned Coast Guard (US Coast Guard) can be added. In addition, they have about 745,000 civilian employees. The Commander-in-Chief is the President of the United States , while the two Chambers of Congress exercise democratic control. The oldest part of the force is the army, which was founded in 1775, the youngest is the 1947 air force.
According to a broad estimation of foreigners, American representation and political science consensus , the US forces are the most powerful in the world. This power is based on the world’s largest and most powerful military bout, with the largest share of education, information, networking, equipment and research.