U.S. Armed Forces Branches

The United States military is one of the largest in the world. Use these resources to get more information about the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as the Reserves and the National Guard.
U.S. Military 101 - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard
Image shows two members of the navy. Text reads: "How to improve promotion chances in the navy: get approved to become a commanding officer of a ship, submarine, are wing, SEAL Team; get accepted for a major command; establish a stellar record of performance at the 0-6 level; discuss your career and your hopes for promotion with your commanding officer and with other officers. including senior LDOs and CWOs"
How to Get Promoted As A U.S. Navy Officer
New Jersey Air National Guard working on the tarmack of a runway grounding a jet being fueled
Interstate Transfers for National Guard Members
Graphics depicting pros and cons of enlisting in the Coast Guard
Pros and Cons of Enlisting in the Coast Guard
national guard in formation
Can You Take Early Retirement From the Guard or Reserves?
This illustration includes minimum requirements for retired pay for active reserve National Guard members including "Be at least 60 years of age (age 50 in some cases)," "Have performed at least 20 years of qualifying service computed under Section 12732, Title 10, United States Code," "Have performed the last eight years of qualifying service," "Not be entitled, under any other provision of law, to retired pay from an armed force or retainer pay as a member of the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Reserve Marine Corps," and "Must apply for retired pay by submitting an application to the brand of service you were assigned to at time of your discharge."
All About the Reserve and National Guard Retirement Pay System
Army Reserve soldiers shoot for top honors
Limitations To Army Reservists Called For Active Duty
U.S. Air Force Airmen salute the Captain of an F-15 Eagle.
Air Force Basic Training Chain of Command
Article 15
What Is an Article 15?
White cap (kepi blanc) soldiers of Foreign Legion marching in Bastille Day parade
Learn About Which Foreign Militaries Accept Citizens from the US
Combat Controllers
A Look at Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Creeds, Codes and Mottos
U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer hangs from a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
All About Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Training
A day in the life of a coast guard yeoman: Administrative duties, deliver payroll, prepare travel orders, prepare correspondence
Coast Guard Yeoman Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
U.S. Coast Guard Members
Overview of Coast Guard Health Services Technician Job
US Coast Guard helicopter, Sitka, AK
Coast Guard Jobs: Being an Aviation Maintenance Technician
Student athlete training, Cambridge, MA
Sports in the US Military
Group of ships in Persian Gulf, including USS John F Kennedy (CV-67) Aircraft Carrier
Military Ship Prefixes for the United States Navy
Young man running through field
Should I Join the Military to Escape a Troubled Background?
US Marine walking down train tracks, rear view
Marine Corps Humanitarian Transfers or Assignments
US Coast Guard Cutter
Life Aboard a Coast Guard Cutter
Silhouette of soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guard.
History of the Army National Guard
Officers and Cadets
Where Did The Term "Hoo-ah" Come From
Soldiers carrying a flag-draped casket
Here Is a Look at Mortuary Affairs in the United States Military
US Navy Hospital ship
Interesting Facts About Military Hospital Ships
Special forces training
U.S. Military Special Operations Forces
Military Engineering
What You Need To Know About Military Engineering
Sgt. 1st Class Hartman salutes during promotion to the rank of specialist in 2010.
The Real History of American Military Ranks
Silhouette Army Soldiers Standing On Field During Sunset
What Is an Operational Environment?
C-87A Liberator Express, “Guess Where II”
Presidential Aircraft and Call Signs
Complete List of Military Separation Codes
U.S. Military Ranks and Rates
A soldier receiving a commendation
How the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Is Earned
U.S. Army soldier receives army service ribbon
How Do You Earn the Army Service Ribbon?
Soldier returning home
Four Ways to Get an Early Discharge From the Military
Soldiers in uniform
How to Execute Drill Commands
West Point from the Hudson River, New York
West Point Majors and Degrees
Black soldier using computer in class
Military Education Points for Promotions
Navy enlisted ranks
How Does the Navy Enlisted Promotion System Work?
Promotion Averages in the Marine Corps
Simplified Form of Marine Corps Enlisted Promotion System
Veterans Meeting
How To Locate Military Personnel And Veterans
Female army soldier saluting, American flag in background
How to Transfer from Active Duty to the National Guard
This illustration includes a list of the military phonetic alphabetic, 1957-present, including "Alpha," "Bravo," "Charlie," "Delta," "Echo," "Foxtrot," "Golf," "Hotel," "India," "Juliett," "Kilo," "Lima," "Mike," "November," "Oscar," "Papa," "Quebec," "Romeo," "Sierra," "Tango," "Uniform," "Victor," "Whiskey," "X-ray," "Yankee," and "Zuzu."
Here Are the Military Call Letters, Phonetic Alphabet for Messages
Tomb of Unknown Soldier
Veterans Day - Honoring All Who Served
Veteran's Day Parade
Military Uniform Rules For Retirees And Veterans
U.S. Army Conducts Promotion Ceremony in Babil Province
What Is the High Year of Tenure in the US Military?
A hand holding the US medal of honor
U.S. Army Awards And Decorations
Pregnant Servicemember
Maternal And Paternal Leave in the Military
American Soldier saluting in front of American Flags
US Military Standards of Conduct
army officers folding flag at military funeral
What the Three Bullets Tradition Represents in Military Funerals
Military patches representing different branches of the service.
Can You Transfer From One Branch of the Military to Another?
Soldier saluting
Rules For When And When Not To Salute
U.S. honor guard performs a flag folding demonstration.
Retreat Ceremony U.S. Flag Customs and Procedures
Factors to determine medical separation or retirement
When a Military Member May Be Retired for Medical Reasons
Air Force Enlisted Promotions Made Simple
Air Force Enlisted Promotions Made Simple
Female soldier jumping with barbell at military air force base
What Are the United States Military Body Fat Standards?
Enlisted Promotions Made Simple
What Every Member of the Army Should Know About Promotions
How Far is a Klick in the Military?
Learn How Far a Klick Is in the Military and the Origin of the Term
Image shows a woman in front of a backwards american flag. She is in army uniform with a backwards US flag patch on her shoulder as well.
Learn Why the U.S. Flag Is Worn Backward on Army Uniforms
Understanding Military Time: The military operates off a 24-hour clock, from midnight (0000 hours) to 11:59 PM (2359 hours)
How the 24-Hour Military Time System Works
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base boneyard in Arizona.
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