The number of troops the U.S. military had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, now exceeds 2,000,000, the Marine Corps Times reported Friday.[1]  --  The number who these who have deployed more than once:  793,000.  --  (Note that these numbers do not include the hundreds of thousands of employees of contractors, also known as "private military firms," who have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan.)  --  In a review of U.S. troop deployments worldwide, UPI said on Dec. 2 that "There are approximately 1.6 million service members in all of the U.S. armed forces.  About 1.13 million troops are stationed inside the United States and the rest are deployed around the world."[2] ...



By Michelle Tan

Marine Corps Times

December 18, 2009

In the eight years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, American troops have deployed almost 3.3 million times to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Defense Department data.

The numbers, as of October 2009, show that more than 2 million men and women have shouldered those deployments, with 793,000 of them deploying more than once.

Here’s a look at how the numbers break down by service:

• Army.  More than 1 million soldiers have deployed since the beginning of the wars.  These 1 million soldiers have completed 1.5 million deployment events, with 352,700 deploying more than once.

In October, 172,800 soldiers were deployed to the war zones.

• Navy.  More than 367,900 sailors have deployed since the beginning of the wars, with 147,200 deploying more than once. In all, the sailors have logged 595,700 deployments.

In October, 30,000 sailors were deployed.

• Marine Corps. More than 251,800 Marines have deployed since the start of the wars, completing 392,900 tours. More than 106,400 have deployed more than once.

In October, 20,900 Marines were deployed.

• Air Force.  More than 389,900 airmen have deployed since 2001, with 185,500 going more than once.  In all, airmen have completed 771,400 deployment events.

In October, 31,500 airmen were deployed.

• Coast Guard.  More than 4,370 Coast Guardsmen have deployed since 2001, with 650 deploying more than once.  The Coast Guard has 5,333 deployments on file, and in October, 438 were deployed.


Special reports


December 2, 2009

WASHINGTON -- With U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement that he's sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, it's important to note that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is only a small portion of the total number deployed abroad.

The map to the right shows the number of troops stationed in different countries. The numbers include forces deployed for temporary military engagements, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, along with those permanently stationed on foreign bases.  The 2009 numbers were taken from the U.S. Department of Defense and the historical numbers were taken from a study by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Some interesting facts gleaned from the data:

-- There are 516,273 U.S. military service members in approximately 150 foreign countries. These numbers include troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan along with permanently stationed troops in places such as Germany, Italy, and Japan.  Iraq has the largest U.S. military presence with 171,000 troops, though this will decrease over the next few years.

-- Germany has the third largest number of U.S. military service members on its soil with 53,960. It is host to many American military bases, including Ramstein Air Base, which is the headquarters for the U.S. Air Force in Europe.

According to Tim Kane, author of the Global U.S. Troop Deployment study and a former fellow at The Heritage Foundation, following World War II, Germany was considered the main battleground for a potential World War III, and U.S. troop levels there tripled from 1950 to 1953 to 254,347.  But after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, there was a significant drawdown in forces, to about 134,000 in 1992.  Though Iraq and Afghanistan have more troops deployed, Germany has the largest number of permanently stationed American military personnel in the world.

-- Until 2003, troop levels in the Middle East were significantly lower than in Europe and East Asia.  In 1990, for example, during the first Gulf War, there were 38,841 troops deployed to all of Middle East.  At the same time there were 287,000 and 103,000 troops in Europe and East Asia, respectively.  Currently the level of troops in the Middle East is approximately double the size of forces in any other region.

-- There are approximately 1.6 million service members in all of the U.S. armed forces.  About 1.13 million troops are stationed inside the United States and the rest are deployed around the world.