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10 Things You should know for Veterans Day

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The Navy was temporarily disbanded following the Revolutionary War but was brought back a few years later to help fight pirates.

8. Army

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According to the 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength, at the end of 2015, the US Army had 490,000 active soldiers, 202,000 reserve soldiers, and 350,000 Army National Guard soldiers.

Women’s official capacity with the Army didn’t begin until the early 1900s with the establishment of the Navy Nurse Corps at the onset of WWI, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t participating in other ways.

Women have a long history with the Army, even as early as the Revolutionary War where Mary Ludwig Hays replaced her husband at a cannon at the Battle of Monmouth. Also, Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man to join the battle for independence.

Many U.S. Presidents also have military service. Most early presidents were militia men, but the WWI and WWII eras brought many military leaders to the White House. The most recent Army veteran to served as President was Ronald Reagan who served as an Army Captain from 1942-1945.

9. Air Force

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Boasting over 310,000 airmen, the U.S. Air Force is the third largest military branch in the military. The Air Force officially began in 1947 when they were separated from the Army, making them their own branch of the U.S. Military.

The Air Force has its fair share of celebrities and the presidents, but few people know the great actor Jimmy Stewart was also in the Air Force and was quite successful.

Having established himself in Hollywood, Stewart eventually was drafted into the military in 1941. At 6’3” the lanky Stewart only weighed 138lbs, putting him a few pounds below the required weight limit. Despite several hangups, Stewart persevered and after some eating and convincing he managed to punch his ticket to the Army Air Corps.