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Countries with US Troops Quiz

Name the countries of the world that contain a US military presence of at least 600 active personnel.
As of November, 2017. Source
Last updated: November 04, 2017
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Troops
Country
1,000,000
United States
40,000
Japan
34,000
Germany
23,000
South Korea
12,000
Italy
10,000
Afghanistan
8,100
United Kingdom
7,100
Kuwait
6,100
Iraq
5,900
Bahrain
Troops
Country
3,200
Spain
2,000
Djibouti
1,800
Jordan
1,400
Australia
1,400
Turkey
1,100
Qatar
1,100
Syria
900
United Arab Emirates
890
Belgium
780
Cuba
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level 73
Jan 16, 2013
Only 15% got Bahrain? There is a huge US presence there. The US Navy's 5th Fleet is there. It's the main foothold the Navy has in the Gulf. There is a larger Army presence in Kuwait, and an (unofficial- which I guess is why it's not counted here) air force presence in Saudi Arabia, but Bahrain is full of American seamen. It's funny 16% missed the USA, too. :D Though it took me a while to get it myself.
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level 44
Jul 30, 2014
Most Americans have never even heard of Bahrain.
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level 57
Apr 8, 2015
According to Dictionary.com, most speakers likely know this country.
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level 57
Jan 14, 2016

That's honestly really offensive to us Americans...I admit that we can be ignorant and offensive at times but honestly. Give us some credit. If Americans were all stupid then we wouldn't have become one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Bahrain is one of those countries in the Middle East that has a ton of oil but is at high risk for war. I imagine that it's close enough to Syria and Israel to be affected negatively, and Kuwait is closer to it. What I find surprising is that all these tiny little countries with barely anything in them (sorry kalbahamut) have such a strong United States presence.

You'd think that countries like the UK, Spain, Italy, Japan, South Korea wouldn't need US aid because they are advanced and generally have a lot of power. Not to mention, recently they have been at peace with very few battles fought...although technically the Korean War is still going on. Belgium, for instance, is unlikely to be attacked by any countries.

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level 73
Jan 16, 2016
As long as beetboy is willing to concede that most non-Americans have also never heard of Bahrain, I see no problem with the statement. I do doubt the majority of Americans know that Bahrain is a country. Having previously lived there, I know from experience.
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level 66
Jan 16, 2016
cosmokim ....... UK, Italy etc do not need aid from US, nor do they receive it. The US has a presence in the European Countries mentioned for their own benefit. And are given permission by these European Countries so that they will have bases in Europe nearer to hot spots elsewhere.
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level 52
Jan 10, 2018
Belgium is on the list mainly because it has both the military and civilian NATO Headquarters in Europe. Sure, compared to the US, we Europeans put a lot less money into military spending and you can criticize that. But the only time NATO has every been called to help and defend it's fellow member states was when the US was attacked on 9/11.
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level 53
Oct 10, 2014
I believe most countries would like to be full of American Seaman.
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level 51
Oct 8, 2015
I suspect a lot of countries feel like they might as well be full of American seamen.
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level 44
Feb 24, 2017
They'd be guaranteed support for at least 18 years.
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level 70
Jul 15, 2018
"Smithers, what do you think?" "I think women and seamen don't mix." "We know what you think!"
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level 54
Oct 16, 2014
I missed it and was in Manama for R&R. The U.S. Presence is easy to miss even on the ground.
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level 73
Oct 17, 2014
Not in certain neighborhoods.. like Juffair where I had an apartment for 2 years.
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level 51
Oct 23, 2014
Sailors, not seamen lol
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level 73
Oct 31, 2014
actually both.
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level 56
Jan 16, 2016
You don't get the joke do you............................
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level 69
Jan 14, 2016
Bahrain is full of American seamen? Gross.
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level 73
Jan 16, 2016
Bring clean sheets.
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level 56
Oct 9, 2017
next time, aim for the sock
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level 26
Dec 11, 2017
r/IAmVerySmart
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level 73
Jan 10, 2018
And now we've apparently got some servicemen up in Djibouti. Only one I missed this time.
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level 33
Jan 16, 2013
8!
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level 14
May 29, 2013
I can't believe that I didn't put down 'Murica!
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level 37
Jun 27, 2013
in portugal its actually 713 not 700
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level 51
Nov 2, 2013
These numbers are all approximations. It is ridiculous to not expect them to fluctuate somewhat from month to month.
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level 34
Mar 25, 2014
I didn't realize that the United States counted!
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level 55
Apr 19, 2014
I think the ones in Qatar are all on R&R.
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level 75
Apr 20, 2014
There are american soldiers in Belgium because of the NATO headquarters (the SHAPE). I know that very well, it is in Casteau, near Mons, 20km from my house (the air base is in Chièvres, 6 km from my house, I visited the Chièvres base when I was a child, during the gulf war ;) ).
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level 27
May 28, 2014
amazing that more people got japan than usa...
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level 66
Sep 11, 2014
Surprised at the lack of African countries here. I thought the US had a military presence in Africa. Must be as part of UN missions. Or temporary rather than permanent.
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level 70
Oct 26, 2015
Not a lot of oil (Nigeria excepted) and not a great deal of strategic value...There is plenty of military action going on in Africa but tends to be localised, and military "peacekeeping" is usually performed by UN-sanctioned forces and comprise mainly personnel from the old colonial powers in Europe
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level 71
Nov 8, 2017
Also a lot of African Union peacekeeping troops. I'm not sure about percentage though
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level 54
Oct 16, 2014
An imperialistic empire of world conquest proportions.
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level 80
Oct 16, 2014
Um, almost all of the countries on this list are VERY happy to have US troops stationed there. In fact there's really only one exception - Cuba. Having a US military base in your country effectively backs you with the might of the most powerful fighting force in the world. Do you really think Russia would have swept into Crimea and eastern Ukraine as they did, if there were US troops stationed there? Not a chance in hell.
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level 44
Jan 14, 2016
South Koreans certainly don't. US soldiers have raped countless women there.
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level 69
Apr 2, 2017
South Koreans do since North Korea is constantly threatening to invade and would do so in a heartbeat if there was no US presence. I have no comment on the rapes since I haven't investigated but I think the freedom they now enjoy would be more welcome than the communism they fought against and the even greater rapes (if your assessment is correct) that would occur from North Korea.
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level 54
Jan 11, 2018
Um, It's not about the country their in, its about their positioning to be anywhere to ensure hegemony. And there are definitely some people in eastern Ukraine who like Russia there as well.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2018
oh come on
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level 66
Jan 14, 2016
You do understand that most of these are not theatre bases, right? We're not invading Germany, but the largest U.S. military hospital outside the United States is at Landstuhl, near Ramstein Air Base. And in some cases (Incirlik Air Base, in Adana, Turkey) the base is twofold: as a place in a friendly nation for operational maneuvers, but also as a place to train the friendly nation's armed forces.
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level ∞
Jan 10, 2018
Belgium is the source of all the world's problems, not the United States.
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level 52
Oct 21, 2018
Yeah, that's why it's so worrying that only 890 US troops are based there. More need to be added. It will stop all of the world's problems.
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level 52
Oct 16, 2014
The US has a base in Africa as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Lemonnier
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level 52
Oct 16, 2014
Djibouti should count as a response.
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level 52
Oct 16, 2014
Agreed. The wiki page cites a Washington Post article saying there are 3200+ military personnel stationed in Djibouti
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level 44
Oct 16, 2014
I guessed djibouti. I think there are quite a few Coast Guard members in the area, but not sure if they are actually stationed there...
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level 54
Oct 16, 2014
Too bad you couldn't squeeze in Denmark (Thule) that really would have messed with minds.
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level 42
Oct 19, 2014
I love that the USA is only the fifth most-guessed answer!
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level 23
Oct 26, 2014
I missed the United States...
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level 75
Jan 14, 2016
You'd think that with a quiz titled "Countries with US Troops," the USA would be the most guessed answer. But apparently not.
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level 72
Nov 16, 2014
A different list than mine. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/42254/countries-with-a-us-military-base
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level 30
Nov 30, 2014
Surprised Syria wasn't on
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level 57
Apr 8, 2015
OMG! I guessed North Korea but not South Korea! Ugh!
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level 35
Jun 16, 2015
I'm ashamed to say that I missed the US. And spent far too long sat in confusion thinking 'over a million troops?' I must of heard about this country surely? D'oh
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level 63
Aug 22, 2015
I've now read every comment and in response I have to say this to those who feel we shouldn't have so many troops stationed in so many of these places: We're clear over here and many of the "trouble spots" or high-potential trouble spots are quite a distance away. When anything happens anywhere, the world waits for the Americans to show up and stop it, advise, provide aid, step in, in some capacity. We can't get there as quick, in the force the world seems to expect of us, if our entire military is in country. The rest of the world would be a LOT more vulnerable if we weren't such interlopers...and a simple "Thanks" would be nice every once in a while.
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level 58
Sep 30, 2015
Really? USA? That was a stupid answer.
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level 31
Dec 24, 2015
i got all of them but missed the United States :D
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level 65
Jan 14, 2016
I forgot USA. I feel like an idiot -_-
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level 57
Jan 14, 2016
Somehow 86% can't get a given answer
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level 72
Jan 14, 2016
I have a more extensive quiz similar to this. I haven't updated it since 2013 though http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/42254/countries-with-a-us-military-base
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level 55
Jan 15, 2016
Didn't protect Ukraine from being partly invaded…
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level 69
Apr 2, 2017
We had a pathetic wimp as a President. Putin scared him. Obama wouldn't even send in back up to save the ambassador and troops in Benghazi -- and he had provocation since that was a direct attack against Americans. A President with a backbone would have stood up to Putin.
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level 53
Nov 12, 2017
I think many would disagree. The U.S. and Russia already hate each other enough, and we don't need any more conflict. We try to leave them alone on purpose. Was taking Crimea wrong? Yes, but we can't afford to go around and keep starting more wars, can we?
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level 17
Jan 12, 2018
Ukraine wasn't invaded
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level 66
Jan 18, 2016
There are foreign troops in the USA, unfortunately the USA does not know who or where they are.
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level 45
Apr 21, 2016
TYPOS!!! Would have nearly completed it!
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level 69
Jul 16, 2016
I'm assuming this does not count NATO bases that include US soldiers? In any case, I thought for sure Saudi Arabia would still be on here. I knew we'd done a big draw down, but to below 600? And don't we have some in Kosovo? Or is that one too hush-hush?
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level 38
Feb 15, 2017
I was very surprised when Israel did not appear as I typed it.
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level 32
Sep 11, 2017
Me too
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level 47
May 10, 2017
I don't know where the wikipedia article is getting it's information from and when it was last updated, but Australia has some 1250 USMC personnel stationed in Darwin, and have had for a few years now. http://www.marforpac.marines.mil/Units/Marine-Rotational-Force-Darwin/
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level 39
Jun 1, 2017
It's odd that the Netherlands isn't included, yet there are two FOB's (Forward Operating Bases or sites) within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Hato Int'l, Cur. & Beatrix Int'l (Aruba)
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level 53
Nov 12, 2017
Guess they have less than 600 personnel.
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level 28
Jul 19, 2017
Got all but belgium
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level 29
Jul 19, 2017
I was only joking when I typed in Bahrain. XD
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level 32
Sep 11, 2017
Was surprised bout UK France Belgium and Spain, thought they had good enough militaries already. Surprised that the Philippines is not there as it used to be US colony until 1946
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level 53
Nov 12, 2017
They don't have bad militaries, they decided since we are all "friends," we can share each other's land, that's all. It is easier for a country to flex their muscles if they can use their military from just about any point in the world, which is what we do.
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level 54
Sep 11, 2017
Sorry but how have 16% of people missed out the US itself, I mean come on...
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level 34
Oct 19, 2017
Fascinating quiz. I had no idea US had so many troops in Japan. And why Belgium but not France? (Are French too clever?)
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level 68
Nov 3, 2017
I think this is because of the NATO headquarters in Brussels
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level 71
Nov 8, 2017
And the NATO HQ are in Brussels because of French withdrawal from NATO under de Gaulle, previously they were in Paris.
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level 75
Nov 4, 2017
As I said above three years ago, yes, it's because the NATO headquarters are in Belgium (a bunch of Americans in my region, near Mons).
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level 68
Nov 4, 2017
I´m quite sure, that there aren´t US-Marines in Austria. We are neutral, we aren´t allowed to have forign military stationed in our country. Besides, I didn´t find any hint for a US military base in Austria in the internet except for this wikipedia article. I guess, it´s a mistake.
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level ∞
Nov 4, 2017
The Wikipedia article references a spreadsheet from the DOD website. However, after doing more research, its obviously a mistake. I think its most likely that those Marines are stationed in Australia, so I updated the quiz accordingly.
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level 53
Nov 12, 2017
That seems weird to me, I know a number of people who used to be stationed in Vienna, unless of course, they all left recently.
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level 71
Nov 17, 2017
Australia much more likely. Plenty of search results about marines in Australia, nothing about Austria.
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level 14
Jan 10, 2018
More people got Iraq than US, lol.
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level 66
Jan 10, 2018
Protecting from Russian invasion since 1945? Come on JetPunk, so much better than the silly 'red scare'. If anything, recent history shows US troops have made unstable countries even more unstable and veering to disaster, (e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.)
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level 43
Jan 10, 2018
USSR is over since Dec 1991, I wonder how much frozen in the past people who use the "red scare" argument nowadays to justify NATO and US troops in Europe can be to still believe this.
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level 12
Jan 10, 2018
I love it how only 88% of people guessed US :p. I myself almost forgot about it as well thinking the quiz is about international US troop presence
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level 35
Jan 10, 2018
Why do we don't have here Poland and Baltic States? American soldiers have been there since 2016
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level 56
Jan 10, 2018
There is a good reason for all of these US bases. The US is currently the world's policeman - like it or not - and so has to have a range of bases. The US economic system is predominant and that warrants protection, especially the countries with whom it trades - and anyone who says there is no threat from Russia is either blind, a die-hard communist or a lover of the crypto fascism Putin represents. In response to the 'bring 'em home' and 'let's save the money' crowd of US isolationists, there was a great line from the West Wing TV show ''[US forces stationed abroad and possibly engaged in warfare] is the price you pay for being rich, free and alive at the same time!''
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level 43
Jan 11, 2018
forgot USA *facepalm*
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level 28
Jan 12, 2018
What about Israel?
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level 73
Jan 28, 2018
The IDF defends its own country.