Did You Know

As we’re thinking about how we could be of best service to our active military and our veterans, we were amazed by how much we were learning. We thought this would be an ideal opportunity to educate the 99% of our country’s non-military population about the history of our military, the impact it has made on our country and how it works on a day-to-day basis. Please take time to click through all we have learned and please add your comments to our Facebook page. We view this as an opportunity for all of us to learn about our military and for you to share your knowledge with us and our community of supporters.

In our discussions with military leaders, we were amazed by how much we didn’t know, we didn’t know.

Therefore...

We decided that we want to share some fun facts and historical information with you. That way, when you engage with our military members you’ll have some interesting things you can discuss with them and with your friends.

Did you know...

  • The Department of Defense is the largest employer in the United States, with more employees than Exxon, Mobil, Ford, General Motors, and GE combined!
  • The Air Force's F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.
  • The Coast Guard is smaller than the New York City Police Department.
  • The Navy’s bell-bottom trousers, are commonly believed to be introduced in 1817 to permit men to roll them above the knee when washing down the decks and to make it easier to remove them in a hurry when forced to abandon ship or when washed overboard. In addition the trousers may be used as a life preserver by knotting the legs and swinging them over your head to fill the legs with air.
  • The U.S. Army was in charge of exploring and mapping America. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an all Army affair. Army officers were the first Americans to see such landmarks as Pike's Peak and the Grand Canyon.
  • The nickname “Leatherneck” originates from the stiff leather stock that early Marines wore around their necks, probably to protect their jugular vein against saber blows.

We also decided that we wanted this section to be further developed by our followers.

Please send your comments or questions to our Facebook page. That way, you’ll be part of the process that educates our fellow Americans about the incredible people who serve us all and the history and glory of our military.

Because we want this to be interactive, this page will be updated frequently, so stay tuned for more information!