Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Despite Trump's Vow to Bring the Troops Home,’ Here’s Where About 200,000 US Troops Remain Overseas

The New York Times reports:
President Trump has repeatedly promised to end what he calls America’s “endless wars,” fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign.

No wars have ended, though, and more troops have deployed to the Middle East in recent months than have come home. Mr. Trump is not so much ending wars, as he is moving troops from one conflict to another.

Tens of thousands of American troops remain deployed all over the world, some in war zones such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and — even still — Syria. And the United States maintains even more troops overseas in large legacy missions far from the wars following the Sept. 11 attacks, in such allied lands as Germany, South Korea and Japan.

Although deployment numbers fluctuate daily, based on the needs of commanders, shifting missions and the military’s ability to shift large numbers of personnel by transport planes and warships, a rough estimate is that 200,000 troops are deployed overseas today.
According to The Times, the US has the following troop levels in the following regions:
  • Afghanistan: 12,000 to 13,000 troops (This is up by 2,000 to 3,000 from when Trump took office)
  • Syria: About 200
  • Iraq: About 6,000 (recently increased as troops moved out of Syria were relocated to Iraq)
  • Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf nations: 45,000 to 65,000 (14,000 additional troops have recently been deployed to the Persian Gulf)
  • Africa: 6,000 to 7,000
  • Japan and South Korea: About 78,000
  • In NATO nations: More than 35,000
  • Elsewhere: More than 2,000


  1. If these troops ever set foot in the homeland, that will be a heck of a lot of "Thank you for your service" messages that I'll have to deliver to show my appreciation for their defending us against invasion.

  2. If the 202,200 listed are personnel they are about 9% of the total 2,1441,900 total military personnel.

    What about Naval and other non-boots on the ground military personnel, how are they accounted for in these numbers?

    The NYT lists troops. What exactly is a Troop in the US military?

    According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troop: In the United States Army, in the cavalry branch, a troop is the equivalent unit to the infantry company, commanded by a captain and consisting of three or four platoons, and subordinate to a squadron (battalion). Companies were renamed troops in 1883. Platoon organization varies depending on the country and the branch, but are generally around 50 strong, although specific platoons may range from 9 to 100 men.

    So for the 202,200 troops The Times reports the personnel would number from 1,8819,800 to over 10 million. According to https://www.globalfirepower.com/country-military-strength-detail.asp?country_id=United-States-of-America there are currently 2,1441,900 total military personnel. So I am assuming The Times means personnel not troops.

  3. US terrorism and empire building is alive and doing well it appears! The Cheeto in Chief isnt bright enough to even realize his bullshit just confirms he is a lying politician.

    Making the Swamp Great Again is what he really meant