US Military expansion
- Army has an authorized strength of some 514,000 troops, with about 30,000 of that total a temporary rise approved by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The Marine Corps has 180,000 personnel.
- 700,000 National Guard and Army reservists, as of Jan 2004 -- Size of Military (PBS)
- Each increment of 10,000 soldiers added to the Army costs just a tick over $1 billion
- It would take at least two years to get them ready.
- President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 which created the country's first peacetime draft
- Before the lottery was implemented in the latter part of the Vietnam conflict, Local Boards called men classified 1-A, 18 1/2 through 25 years old, oldest first.
- A lottery drawing - the first since 1942 - was held on December 1, 1969, at Selective Service National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
- In 1973, the draft ended and the U.S. converted to an All-Volunteer military.
- 1969 - 3.1 M
- 1975 - 1.9 M
- 1977 - 2.1 M
- 1981 - 2.1 M
- 1985 - 2.2 M
- 1989 - 2.0 M
- 1993 - 1.6 M
- 1997 - 1.4 M
- 2001 - 1.4 M
- Bush's move to supersize US military Christian Science Monitor
- Bush declares need for bigger army to fight extremists Asia-pacific