Uniformed services of the United States
|United States Uniformed Services|
|Federal department heads||
Ashton Carter (DoD)|
Jeh Johnson (DHS)
Sylvia Burwell (HHS)
Penny Pritzker (DOC)
|Military age||17–45 years old at joining|
72,715,332 males, age 18–49 (2008 est.),|
71,638,785 females, age 18–49 (2008 est.)
59,413,358 males, age 18–49 (2008 est.),|
59,187,183 females, age 18–49 (2008 est.)
2,186,440 males (2008 est.),|
2,079,688 females (2008 est.)
|Active personnel||1,473,900 (ranked 2nd)|
|Budget||$597.5 billion (FY2015) (ranked 1st)|
|Percent of GDP||3.3% (2015 est.)|
The United States of America has seven federal uniformed services that commission officers as defined by Title 10, and subsequently structured and organized by Title 10, Title 14, Title 32 and Title 42 of the United States Code.
- United States Army
- United States Marine Corps
- United States Navy
- United States Air Force
- United States Coast Guard
- United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
Federal executive departments
United States Department of Defense (DoD)
- United States Army (USA): 14 June 1775
- United States Marine Corps (USMC): 10 November 1775
- United States Navy (USN): 13 October 1775
- United States Air Force (USAF): 18 September 1947
Note: The order of precedence within the U.S. Department of Defense is set by DOD Directive 1005.8 and is not dependent on the date of creation by the U.S. Congress.
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- United States Coast Guard (USCG): 4 August 1790
United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC): 4 January 1889
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps): 22 May 1917
The term "uniformed services" means—
(A) the armed forces;
(B) the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and
(C) the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service.
The term "armed forces" means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Five of the uniformed services make up the U.S. Armed Forces, four of which are within the U.S. Department of Defense. The Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security and has both military and law enforcement duties. Title 14 states that the Coast Guard is part of the military at all times, making it the only branch of the military outside the Department of Defense. During a declared state of war, however, the President or Congress may direct that the Coast Guard operate as part of the Navy. The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, along with the NOAA Commissioned Corps, operate under military rules with the exception of the applicability of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, to which they are subject only when militarized by executive order or while detailed to any component of the armed forces.
Reserve components of the United States Armed Forces are all members of the military. The National Guard is an additional reserve military component of the Army and Air Force, respectively, and is composed of organized state National Guard militia units, which operate under Title 32 and under state authority as the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. The National Guard was first formed in the Colony of Virginia in 1607 and is the oldest uniformed military force founded in the New World. The National Guard can also be mobilized by the President to operate under Federal authority through Title 10. When acting under federal direction, the National Guard of the United States is managed by the National Guard Bureau, which is a joint Army and Air Force activity under the Department of Defense, with a 4-star general from the Army or Air Force appointed as its top leader. However, in Federal service command and control of National Guard organizations will fall under the designated Geographic or Functional Combatant Commander. The National Guard of the United States serves as a reserve component for both the Army and the Air Force and can be called up for federal active duty in times of war or national emergencies.
Noncombatant uniformed services
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps (NOAA Corps) is a uniformed branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is under the Department of Commerce.
- The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is the uniformed personnel system of the United States Public Health Service, which is under the Department of Health and Human Services.
Commissioned officers of NOAA and PHS wear uniforms that are derived from U.S. Navy uniforms, except that the commissioning devices, buttons, and insignia reflect their specific service. Uniformed officers of NOAA and PHS are paid on the same scale as members of the armed services with respective rank and time-in-grade. Additionally, PHS Officers are covered by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act and the Service Members Civil Relief Act (formerly the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act). Furthermore, all seven Uniformed Services are subject to the provisions of 10 USC 1408, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA).
PHS and NOAA consist of commissioned officers only and have no warrant ranks or enlisted ranks. Commissioned officers of the PHS and NOAA may be militarized by the President. Because they are commissioned officers, they can be classified as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions, if captured by a belligerent entity. The United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), a predecessor to NOAA, originally began commissioning its officers so that if captured while engaged in battlefield surveying, they would be protected under the Law of Armed Conflict and could not be tried or executed as spies. The USC&GS Commissioned Officer Corps became the Environmental Science Services Administration Corps (ESSA Corps), upon the creation of the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA) on 13 July 1965, then became the NOAA Corps upon the creation of NOAA on 3 October 1970. The PHS traces its origins to a system of marine hospitals created "for the relief of sick and disabled seamen" by the U.S. Congress in 1798; it adopted a military model of organization in 1871.
- Persons 17 years of age, with parental permission, can join the U.S. uniformed services.
- "Military Rules" (PDF).
- "Government Document" (PDF).
- "2008 Defense Budget" (PDF).
- "DoD Directive 1005.8" (PDF).
- 14 U.S.C. § 3
- "UCMJ S 802. Art. 2. Subs. (a). Para. (8)".
- "H.R. 4986: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008".
- "H.R. 4986: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 full text".
- "SEC. 1812. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU AS JOINT ACTIVITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE".
- PHS is under Title 42 & 46 U.S.C.
- United States Code. Title 5. Part III. Chapter 21. S 2101.
- "History of the Office of Surgeon General". Retrieved April 9, 2014.