Active U.S. Military Troops over Time

There are fewer active troops serving in the U.S. military then at any time since 1940.
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Notes:
Sources: 1, 2
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level 53
Jul 20, 2018
I REALLY WONDER what could have caused that huge spike in the early 1940s
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level 79
Jul 23, 2018
Clerical error.
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level 32
Jul 25, 2018
World War 2, conscription. Duh.
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level 57
Jul 27, 2018
r/whoooosh
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level 77
Jul 27, 2018
The bumps that are visible on this line are the American Civil War, the Spanish American War (very small bump), World War 1, World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam.
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level 69
Jul 27, 2018
Interesting how the War on Terror doesn't seem to have impacted the number of active troops at all.
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level 77
Jul 27, 2018
There is a small increase from 2000 to 2003 but it's barely noticeable.
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level 43
Jul 28, 2018
There are 2 really tiny bumps for the war of 1812 and the Mexican American war.
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level 77
Jul 29, 2018
*really* tiny.
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2018
If you're curious, you can hover over the line with your mouse to see the exact numbers.
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level 57
Aug 4, 2018
They may seem small, but the size of the military more than tripled during the War of 1812, nearly tripled during the Mexican-American War, and more than quintupled during the "minor" Spanish-American War.