These worksheets look at all the military forces in the United States. We introduce the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Reserves.

There are five branches of the United States military forces. The army is tasked with land based operations. Anything that happens in or very near to an ocean is the responsibility of the Navy. The Air Force commands the skies, although there many less humans in the skies these days. Marines are a very specialized force in that they serve a role that supports all the other branches of the military. Marines are mostly involved in amphibious warfare. The Coast Guard serves as a Homeland security arm for all of the U.S. coasts, seas, lakes, and even rivers.

We spend a good amount of time looking at each branch of the military. We focus on the duties and demands of each of the branches. We end by talking about the ways in which the general public pays their respects to the people responsible for their freedom.

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The U.S. Armed Forces Reading Passage

Over 1.3 million active duty military personnel currently serve across five different branches.

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The U.S. Armed Forces - Questions

The president is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Next in charge, the Secretary of Defense has charge of all the military branches except the Coast Guard.

The Army

The Army is the largest branch of the United States Armed Forces. It was established in 1775, and was known as the Continental Army until 1789 when the War Department was formed.

The Army - Short Answer Questions

What is the difference between being enlisted and being an officer?

The Navy

The United States Navy is a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that is responsible for carrying out military actions at sea.


A person who serves in the Navy is called a sailor, but not all sailors serve on ships.

The Air Force

The Air Force has various kinds of aircraft, like fighters, bombers, helicopters and transport aircraft.

QUESTIONS: The Air Force

Which branch of the Armed Forces did the Air Force once belong to?

The Marines

The United States Marines is the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that is responsible for conducting military actions in other countries.

QUESTIONS: The Marines

Marines perform many very important functions around the world.

The Coast Guard Reading Passage

The United States Coast Guard is the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that is responsible for the integrity of the U.S. Coastline, for enforcing border laws, and for assisting with water rescues.

QUESTIONS: The Coast Guard

The Coast Guard was created in 1790, five years before the U.S. Navy, as part of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

The Reserves

A military reserve is a pool of citizens who are not actively serving in the military, but who have had military training.

QUESTIONS: The Reserves

When someone joins the reserves, they are committing a specific amount of time to the military, no different than if they were joining the active duty.

Armed Forces Day Reading Worksheet

Armed Forces Day is celebrated in the United States every year on the third Saturday in May.

Armed Forces Day - Questions

What event was the catalyst for the creation of Armed Forces Day in 1949?

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a U.S. Federal holiday observed in order to remember the men and women who died as a result of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Memorial Day - Questions

In 1971, Memorial Day was moved from May 20th to the last Monday in May.

Veterans Day

Because of this, Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day.

Veterans Day - Short Answer

What is the difference between Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Armed Forces Day?