I really like US Army, but i have a question (about numbers) for you:
if you check on Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army ) you can read that there are
561,984 Active personnel
567,299 Reserve and National Guard personnel
for a total strenght of 1,129,283.
The U.S. Army currently consists of 10 active divisions as well as several independent units (Within the Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve there are a further eight divisions, over fifteen maneuver brigades, additional combat support and combat service support brigades, and independent cavalry, infantry, artillery, aviation, engineer, and support battalions. The Army Reserve in particular provides virtually all psychological operations and civil affairs units.)
The active divisions are:
1st Armored division
1st Cavalry Division
1st Infantry Division
2nd Infantry Division
3dr Infantry DIvision
4th Infantry Division
10th Mountain Division
25th Infantry Division
82nd Airborne Division
101st Airborne Division
170th Infantry Brigade
172nd Infantry Brigade
173rd Airborne BCT
2nd Cavalry Regiment
3rd Cavalry Regiment
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
and Special operations forces.
So my question is: a division has a size of 15000 to 20000 personell... so 20 000 x 10 divisions = 200 000 soldiers.... where are the other 361,984 ?
The same for Reserve and National guard...
Thank you very much!
Nothing against wikipedia but I doubt they have the most up to date numbers of soldiers within the Army. Besides those numbers would be difficult to accurately track with the amount that go in and come out every day for whatever reason.
Not every Soldier is assigned to a division. I'm in a tiny public affairs detachment of 20 people. Between medical detachments, military police/chemical/engineer/transportation, etc. brigades scattered all over the Army, there are also other brigades here and there. At Fort Bliss alone, you're failing to account for the 15th Sustainment brigade and the 32nd AAMDC.
More than that, you're forgetting the Corps. I Corps, III Corps, XVIII ABN Corps, etc. In addition to that, there are Soldiers who fall under garrisons and Soldiers in specialized assignments which can be anything from being a radio DJ at an AFN station to being in the Old Guard. Not to mention all the people on special duty such as recruiters, drill sergeants, AIT platoon sergeants/instructors, people assigned directly to MACOMS such as FORSCOM, TRADOC, etc. People assigned to the Pentagon, and so on.