American Army




 
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October 22nd, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 

Topic: American Army


From a former British colony rising to the current World's No1 Power and Army.

1. American Army's men/women and weapons.

2. Strength/Weakness of American Army.

3. American Army's Interaction with the rest of world.

4. American Army's Future.
October 22nd, 2004  
battery
 
Is that a question? Rephrase that
October 22nd, 2004  
Chocobo_Blitzer
 
Well I think he just listed 4 points to talk about, you can grab all or one, or a couple or...

I think the US Army men and women are superbly trained, incredibly devoted, and the equipment and weapons are generally excellent. Though sometimes the technology doesn't seem that practicle.

Doesn't seem that well equiped for Guerilla wars, that is, the weaponry and such. Like the hummers and Strykers are prone to IEDs and RPGs, no?
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October 25th, 2004  
battery
 

Topic: Re: American Army


Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingFrog
From a former British colony rising to the current World's No1 Power and Army.

1. American Army's men/women and weapons.

2. Strength/Weakness of American Army.

3. American Army's Interaction with the rest of world.

4. American Army's Future.


1.
2. Strength- Communications/Support
3. It will continue to have a leading role in world affairs, such as Taiwan, Korea, Taiwan, etc...
4. I believe all U.S. Soldiers will have the "Land warrior system". The future is bright for the U.S. Army.

Link: http://www.g4techtv.com/techtvvault/...e_Future.html?
October 25th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
I am thinking about the Fighting Spirit of American army.

And the big defence budget (some 400 billion USD annually).
October 25th, 2004  
ravensword227
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingFrog
I am thinking about the Fighting Spirit of American army.
All of them are volunteers so their fighting spirit has got to be high, but here is one example:

One soldier in Iraq was heading home when the Chinook he was riding in got shot down by a SA-7, and he was one of the few survivors with about 30 men killed. They showed him setting up in a hospital bed in Germany, alongside two badly mangled comrades, and a media reporter asked him if he was ok. He simply said something to the effect of “ready to go back to Iraq.” The reporter was stunned and so was I. You could look at the man and tell it would be several week’s minimum before wounds to heal so he could be in fighting condition. He didn’t have to go back to fighting because he had served his time, but looking into the man’s eyes, I saw this stare … a very serious and determined look that sent a chill down my spine … and I thought to myself, “you have just witnessed a real American hero.”

Like I said, this is just one example of countless acts of selflessness displayed by our soldiers.
October 25th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
I am not doubting about the Fighting Spirit of the US troops.

Btw, ALL American soldiers are volunteers?
October 25th, 2004  
ravensword227
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingFrog
I am thinking about the Fighting Spirit of American army.

And the big defence budget (some 400 billion USD annually).
Actually, it is a very small percentage of our GDP at only 12%. Even though we spend more on military than most other countries combined, it doesn’t mean that our military is that powerful in proportion. Big defense contractors sort of have an oligopoly on military sells in the U.S., and they work together to jack up prices for more profit. The leaders in congress and President don’t object because they are most likely getting campaign funding and illegal kickbacks from these arms sells. We might have the best military in the world, but it is probably not as immensely powerful as you might think.

Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingFrog
I am not doubting about the Fighting Spirit of the US troops.

Btw, ALL American soldiers are volunteers?
Yes. I think we learned our lesson back in Vietnam. If the conscript’s didn’t go AWOL, they might go crazy and shoot civilians or something. One soldier in Iraq actually sacrificed himself to save a little Iraqi girl by diving on the undetonated explosive. Talk about dedication there....
October 25th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
So all the 1 millions US troops are Volunteers? I didn't know that, that must be great for any Army if it is true in the US case.

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Actually, it is a very small percentage of our GDP at only 12%.
12%? 1.2%?

I thought it is about 4% or 5% of the US GDP.
Since:
US GDP is about 10 trillion.
US defence budget is about 400 billion (0.4 trillion).
So it is about 4% of your total GDP.
October 25th, 2004  
ravensword227
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingFrog
12%? 1.2%?

I thought it is about 4% or 5% of the US GDP.
Since:
US GDP is about 10 trillion.
US defence budget is about 400 billion (0.4 trillion).
So it is about 4% of your total GDP.
You are right, thanks for calling me on that one.

This is as official as it gets:
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/...k/geos/us.html