United States military deployments

The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with over 165,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories.[1]

Outside of active combat, US personnel are typically deployed as part of several peacekeeping missions, military attachés, or are part of embassy and consulate security. Nearly 40,000 are assigned to classified missions in locations that the US government refuses to disclose.[2]

The following tables provide detail of various countries, listed by region, where US military are deployed. Countries with fewer than 100 personnel deployed are not specified. These numbers do not include any military or civilian contractors or dependents. Countries in which US military are engaged in combat operations are not included. The numbers are based on the most recent United States Department of Defense statistics as of March 31, 2019.[1]


Jurisdiction Total Army Navy USMC USAF USCG
United States Contiguous United States 1,103,871 385,220 276,455 147,686 257,801 36,709
 Alaska 19,301 10,000 44 17 7,244 1,996
(Guantanamo Bay)
847 148 568 123 0 8
 Honduras 383 213 3 18 148 1
 Puerto Rico 161 96 25 22 18 0
 Greenland 150 0 0 0 150 0
 Canada 146 8 45 13 74 6
other 669 148 150 263 77 31
Total 1,125,528 395,833 277,290 148,142 265,512 38,751

East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Ocean

Jurisdiction Total Army Navy USMC USAF USCG
 Japan 56,134 2,657 20,846 20,475 12,140 16
 Hawaii 43,330 15,830 13,755 7,206 5,283 1,256
 South Korea 25,884 17,385 262 190 8,046 1
 Guam 6,321 187 4,002 95 2,037 0
 Thailand 293 41 8 215 29 0
 Australia 286 36 67 91 92 0
 Philippines 205 10 11 173 10 1
 Singapore 205 9 165 4 19 8
other 147 53 39 27 24 4
Total 132,805 36,208 39,155 28,476 27,680 1,286


US military bases in Germany
US military bases in Germany in 2014
Jurisdiction Total Army Navy USMC USAF USCG
 Germany 35,116 20,780 382 1,176 12,767 11
 Italy 12,903 3,936 4,007 439 4,519 2
 United Kingdom 9,173 295 206 16 8,635 21
 Spain 3,395 25 2,511 505 354 0
 Belgium 1,062 643 40 8 370 1
 Norway 634 26 5 564 38 1
 Netherlands 409 133 27 4 214 31
 Greece 388 9 356 2 21 0
 Sweden 246 1 2 238 4 1
 Portugal 232 2 48 1 181 0
 Hungary 198 5 135 0 58 0
 Poland 163 49 84 5 25 0
 Romania 103 7 81 3 12 0
other 298 94 33 29 139 3
Total 64,320 26,005 7,917 2,990 27,337 71

West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Africa, and Indian Ocean

Jurisdiction Total Army Navy USMC USAF USCG
 Bahrain 4,270 18 3,334 654 22 242
 Kuwait 2,092 697 3 1,354 38 0
 Turkey 1,648 144 6 6 1,492 0
 Qatar 541 271 3 25 242 0
 United Arab Emirates 379 28 13 257 81 0
 British Indian Ocean Territory 303 0 266 0 37 0
 Saudi Arabia 297 204 21 11 51 10
 Egypt 275 241 11 1 22 0
other 929 225 56 497 150 1
Total 10,734 1,828 3,713 2,805 2,135 253


Jurisdiction Total Army Navy USMC USAF USCG
Overseas 6,147 116 4 4,080 1,104 843
Domestic 5,826 5,826 0 0 0 0
Total 11,973 5,942 4 4,080 1,104 843

See also


  1. ^ a b "Number of Military and DoD Appropriated Fund (APF) Civilian Personnel Permanently Assigned By Duty Location and Service/Component (as of March 31, 2019)". Defense Manpower Data Center. May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "America's Forever wars". New York Times. 23 October 2017.

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