Feb 8, 2017

Technology and the Reduction of the US Military


Improvements in technology have enabled the United States to save a lot of money by reducing the size of the US Military. The US Military had over 3.5 million service men and women in 1968. It is now under 1.4 million.

I spent two active duty years in Marine Air Control and Air Defense in 1967 and 1970. We had HAWK Missiles to shoot at airplanes, ASRT Air Support Radar Teams to control bombing, and the DASC Direct Air Support Squadron to control Air.

The HAWKs and ASRTs are long gone, replaced with better technology and far fewer people. The elimination of the units that provided this equipment and service saved the cost of about 3,000 Marines.



U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL 1954-2014: THE NUMBERS

YEARARMYNAVYMARINE CORPSAIR FORCETOTAL
19541,404,598725,720223,868947,9183,302,104
19551,109,296660,695205,170959,9462,935,107
19561,025,778669,925200,780909,9582,806,441
1957997,994677,108200,861919,8352,795,798
1958898,925641,005189,495871,1562,600,581
1959861,964626,340175,571840,4352,504,310
1960873,078617,984170,621814,7522,476,435
1961858,622627,089176,909821,1512,483,771
19621,066,404666,428190,962884,0252,807,819
1963975,916664,647189,683869,4312,699,677
1964973,238667,596189,777856,7982,687,409
1965969,066671,448190,213824,6622,655,389
19661,199,784745,205261,716887,3533,094,058
19671,442,498751,619285,269897,4943,376,880
19681,570,343765,457307,252904,8503,547,902
19691,512,169775,869309,771862,3533,460,162
19701,322,548692,660259,737791,3493,066,294
19711,123,810623,248212,369755,3002,714,727
1972810,960588,043198,238725,8382,323,079
1973800,973564,534196,098691,1822,252,787
1974783,330545,903188,802643,9702,162,005
1975784,333535,085195,951612,7512,128,120
1976779,417524,678192,399585,4162,081,910
1977782,246529,895191,707570,6952,074,543
1978771,624530,253190,815569,7122,062,404
1979758,852523,937185,250559,4552,027,494
1980777,036527,153188,469557,9692,050,627
1981781,419540,219190,620570,3022,082,560
1982780,391552,996192,380582,8452,108,612
1983779,643557,573194,089592,0442,123,349
1984780,180564,638196,214597,1252,138,157
1985780,787570,705198,025601,5152,151,032
1986780,980581,119198,814608,1992,169,112
1987780,815586,842199,525607,0352,174,217
1988771,847592,570197,350576,4462,138,213
1989769,741592,652196,956570,8802,130,229
1990732,403579,417196,652535,2332,043,705
1991710,821570,262194,040510,4321,985,555
1992610,450541,883184,529470,3151,807,177
1993572,423509,950178,379444,3511,704,103
1994541,343468,662174,158426,3271,610,490
1995508,559434,617174,639400,4091,518,224
1996491,103416,735174,883389,0011,471,722
1997491,707395,564173,906377,3851,438,562
1998483,880382,338173,142367,4701,406,830
1999479,426373,046172,641360,5901,385,703
2000482,170373,193173,321355,6541,384,338
2001480,801377,810172,934353,5711,385,116
2002486,542383,108173,733368,2511,411,634
2003499,301382,235177,779375,0621,434,377
2004499,543373,197177,480376,6161,426,836
2005492,728362,941180,029353,6961,389,394
2006505,402350,197180,416348,9531,384,968
2007522,017337,547186,492333,4951,379,551
2008543,645332,228198,505327,3791,401,757
2009553,044329,304202,786333,4081,418,542
2010566,045328,303202,441334,1961,430,985
2011565,463325,123201,157333,3701,425,113
2012550,064318,406198,193332,9591,399,622
2013528,070319,838195,848326,5731,370,329
2014515,888319,120192,787326,2591,354,054

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