The U.S. Army Quiz


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Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to join the Army?

You can join the Army if you are a resident alien, too.


True or false: You must be between 18 and 40 years old to join the Army.

You cannot be more than 35 years old, and you can serve as a 17-year-old with parental consent.


True or false: The Army term "hooah" means "anything except yes."

"Hooah" is military slang referring to or meaning "anything and everything except no."


What president chose the colors of the present-day blue dress uniform?

In 1778, the Continental Congress charged Gen. George Washington with deciding on a service uniform for the Continental Army, and he directed soldiers to wear "blue coats with differing facings for the various state troops, artillery, artillery artificers and light dragoons."


What day is considered the birth of the U.S. Army?

Before the Revolutionary War, the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought by militias until it was clear a serious war was coming. Then, on June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress authorized a Continental Army with a unified command structure to be led by Maj. Gen. George Washington, hence the birth of the U.S. Army.


What Army colonel logged 178 days in space after serving as the first active duty soldier to command the International Space Station?

Col. Douglas Wheelock graduated from West Point. His first mission to space was in 2008 to the International Space Station, where he participated in three spacewalks.


What is the largest helicopter in use today by the Army?

The biggest helicopter in present use by the U.S. Army is the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, which can carry 33 combat-equipped soldiers or up to 50 troops.


What light utility vehicle replaced the Army jeep?

The Humvee replaced the jeep and can be configured as a troop carrier, armament carrier, shelter carrier, ambulance, TOW missile carrier or scout vehicle.


What is the standard issue weapon for Army combat teams?

The M4 carbine is the standard weapon for brigade combat teams. It is lightweight, mobile and adaptable and can be mounted with an M203A2 grenade launcher, M320A1 grenade launcher or M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System.


How long is the Army's Basic Combat Training?

Over the course of 10 weeks at Basic Combat Training, Army recruits learn tactical and survival skills, as well as how to shoot, rappel and march.


There are four paths to becoming an Army officer. What are they?

The four paths to becoming an officer are through Army ROTC, direct commission, Officer Candidate School and United States Military Academy at West Point.


What branch of the Army is mostly responsible for land combat force?

The infantry branch is the main land combat force. It is responsible for meeting any threat by land.


Which of the following shows the ranking of officers from lowest to highest?

The lowest in this ordering is second lieutenant, and the highest is brigadier general.


Which unit of the Army is commanded by a lieutenant colonel?

A lieutenant colonel commands a battalion, which usually includes two or more companies and 400 to 1,200 troops.


True or false: The rank of five-star general of the Army is only achievable during wartime.

This rank is only achievable in times of war, when the commanding officer must be of equal or higher rank than those commanding armies from allied nations.


True or false: Just five officers have ever held the rank of five-star general of the Army.

Those five officers were George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Henry H. Arnold, Omar Bradley and Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Who was the last officer to hold the rank of five-star general of the Army?

In 1950, General Omar Bradley was promoted to five-star general of the Army, the last to achieve that rank. He also served as Army chief of staff and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.


What is the highest military award for an Army soldier?

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces.


Who is the first and only woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor?

Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman to earn the Medal of Honor for her service during the Civil War.


When was the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) created?

Spurred on by the attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress approved the creation of WAAC on May 14, 1942.


True or false: The 2015 decision by the Pentagon allowing women to serve in combat roles opened up more than 220,000 jobs to women.

The historic December 2015 decision now allows women to lead infantry soldiers into combat and serve as Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy SEALs and everything else that was previously open only to men.


What female soldier became the first to ever be branched infantry?

Capt. Kristen Griest made history by being the first woman be branched infantry on April 25, 2016. Griest also is one of the first two women to meet all the requirements to complete Ranger School.


What is the official Army song?

"The Army Goes Rolling Along" was originally written by Edmund L. Gruber and titled "Caisson Song."


True or false: Prior to 1946, the U.S. Air Force was part of the Army.

Until 1946, the U.S. Air Force was called the Army Air Corps.


When did the United States first impose the draft?

On Sept. 16, 1940, Congress passed the Burke-Wadsworth Act and the first peacetime draft in the history of the United States was imposed.


What president was awarded the Medal of Honor?

One hundred years after Lt. Col. Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, the nation awarded him the Medal of Honor.


True or false: Thirty-one U.S. presidents have served in the military.

Only one — James Buchanan — never became an officer.


True or false: Before World War II, members of the Army's 45th Infantry Division wore a swastika patch on their left shoulders in honor of Native Americans.

The yellow swastika on a square red background served as recognition of the large number of Native Americans serving in the 45th Infantry Division. It also symbolized the Spanish heritage of the four Southwestern states that made up the membership of the 45th — Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. The division changed it to a thunderbird in the late 1930s for obvious reasons.


What is the oldest continuously serving division in the Army?

The 1st Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One for its combat shoulder patch, has seen continuous action since its development in 1917 during World War I.


Ranger School is one of the toughest training courses for which a soldier can volunteer. How many soldiers make it through the first of its three phases?

Only about half of all soldiers will make it through the Benning phase of Ranger School; only about 40 percent will complete the entire training to become Rangers.


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