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I Text research Definition A military officer a member of the US Armed Forces is responsible for the protection of US citizens This is a broad responsibility however and each officer has a distinct role that s he plays in the maintenance of national defense As a member of the military an officer signs a contract and must serve a number of years before retirement is possible There are five branches of the US Armed Forces The Army is the senior service and fight mostly on land They had around 572000 personnel in 1993 The Navy is seaborne the force of the US Naval officers and enlisted spend long periods at sea and travel all about the world In 1993 the Navy had about 510000 personnel The Air Force is the newest of the five branches and specializes in aviation and mechanical trades Over 440000 people were serving in the Air Force in 1993 The Marine Corps operate on both the land and the sea They are first to fight and establish a front for the other branches to run their campaigns from The Marines are quite close with the Navy and provide security on ships and bases They also guard US embassies There were approximately 178000 Marines in 1993 The Coast Guard is the smallest of the military services and is in charge of the enforcement of maritime law They are also responsible for the rescue of those in distress at sea Unlike the other branches the Coast Guard is a service of the Department of Transportation except during a war when they operate as a part of the Navy Career Information 1996 268 -270 History Americas first forces of defense were militias of the colonies The first was Virginia in 1611 Followed by Massachusetts in 1636 The Continental Army was established in 1775 to prepare for the Revolutionary War Its commander was George Washington The first Marines were attached
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