100+ Military Trivia Questions and Answers

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What is the US Navy’s equivalent to the US Army’s Basic Training?▶ Boot Camp
What does the military acronym HALO stand for?▶ High Altitude-Low Opening
The profile of General George Washington appears on what United States military decoration?▶ The Purple Heart
When referring to the test taken for entrance into the US military what does ASVAB stand for?▶ Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
In the U.S. military, what does the acronym NCO stand for?▶ Non-commissioned officer
In what year did World War II end?▶ 1945
World War I flying ace Manfred von Richthofen is known by what nickname?▶ The Red Baron
What is the slang military term for the distance of one kilometer?▶ Klick
The US military installation Area 51 is located in which state?▶ Nevada
What is the highest enlisted rank a soldier can hold in the United States Army?▶ Sergeant Major of the Army
What is the acronym for the intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty, signed in 1949?▶ NATO
The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle that occurred during which war?▶ World War I
Florence Nightingale aided the sick and wounded during which war?▶ The Crimean War
Who was the commander of the Confederate Army during the battle of Gettysburg?▶ Robert Edward Lee
Fort Benning is a United States Army post located in which state?▶ Georgia
In 1952 the United States Air Force created Project Blue Book to study what?▶ Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)
The signing of the Paris Peace Accords officially ended direct U.S. involvement in which War?▶ Vietnam War
What is the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the president of the United States?▶ Marine One
The second atomic bomb ever used in war-time was dropped on what city?▶ Nagasaki
In which state of the United States would you find Fort Knox?▶ Kentucky
Napoleon suffered defeat at Waterloo in what year?▶ 1815
What is the name for the branch of the French Army created for foreign recruits?▶ French Foreign Legion (Légion étrangère)
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France in what battle?▶ The Battle of Puebla
In what year was the United States Air Force officially established as a separate branch of the military?1947
What is the term for a group of soldiers who march together in step?Drill team
What does the acronym “SWAT” stand for?Special Weapons and Tactics
What is the purpose of a bayonet?It’s a knife that attaches to the end of a rifle to use in close combat
Which war was the first to feature tanks?World War I
What is the highest rank in the US Army?General of the Army
What is the largest military installation in the US?Fort Bragg
What is the name of the military’s main system for classifying jobs and occupational specialties?Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)
In what year was the United States Coast Guard established?1790
What is the term for the deliberate use of offensive operations to seize and hold onto areas that are beyond the reach of friendly forces?Military occupation
What is the term for a person who has deserted from military service but not yet been apprehended?Fugitive deserter
What is the code name for the US Navy SEALs’ standard assault rifle?MK18
What does the acronym “IED” stand for in relation to military tactics?Improvised Explosive Device
What is the term for a military formation in which troops are arranged in a line facing the enemy?Line formation
Which branch of the US military operates the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet?US Air Force
What is the term for the smallest unit of a military organization, typically consisting of ten to thirty soldiers?Squad
What does the acronym “POW” stand for?Prisoner of War
What is the name of the United States military academy?West Point
In what year was the US Marine Corps created?1775
What is the name of the US military base located in Cuba, which is used for detaining prisoners?Guantanamo Bay
What year was the United States Army established?1775
In military terms, what does the acronym UAV stand for?Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
What is the highest rank in the US Army?General of the Army
What was the name of the secret military project that developed the first nuclear weapons?Manhattan Project
What does the acronym ICBM stand for in military terms?Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Who was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War?George Washington
What is the name of the elite US Navy unit that conducts special operations?SEAL Team Six
What is the name of the naval battle fought between the Japanese and the US in June 1942?Battle of Midway
Which military conflict took place in the 1990s between Iraq and a coalition of countries led by the US?Gulf War
What is the name of the US military decoration that is awarded for acts of valor in combat?Medal of Honor
What is the highest peacetime award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be awarded to US military personnel?Distinguished Service Cross
What does the acronym PTSD stand for in relation to military service?Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is the name of the US military installation located in South Korea?Camp Humphreys
What is the term used for the practice of using military force to support diplomatic efforts?Gunboat diplomacy
What is the name of the largest military installation in the world, located in North Carolina?Fort Bragg
Who was the US Army general who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I?John J. Pershing
What is the name of the US Navy aircraft carrier that was famously sunk during the Battle of Midway?USS Yorktown
What is the name of the process of training military personnel in a particular role or skill?Military training
Who was the American general who famously stated, “I shall return” during World War II?Douglas MacArthur
What is the highest rank in the US Army?General of the Army
In what year was the United States Marine Corps established?1775
What is the largest air force in the world?The United States Air Force
Who was the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?General Colin Powell
What does the acronym “SEAL” stand for in relation to the US Navy?Sea, Air, and Land
What is the main battle tank used by the US Army?M1 Abrams
Who was the founder of the Red Cross?Henry Dunant
In what year did the United States establish the Air Force as a separate military service?1947
Who is the only US President to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout?Gerald Ford
What is the name of the elite special operations force of the British Army?SAS (Special Air Service)
What is the maximum age limit for enlistment in the US Army?35
Who is known as the “Father of the American Cavalry”?Casimir Pulaski
What is the name of the largest military installation in the world, located in North Carolina?Fort Bragg
Who was the first female four-star general in the US Army?Ann E. Dunwoody
What is the motto of the United States Marine Corps?“Semper Fidelis” (Always Faithful)
What is the name of the Russian Air Force’s equivalent of the US Air Force One?Rossiya One
What is the name of the largest military parade in the world, held annually in Moscow, Russia?Victory Day Parade
Who was the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor?William Harvey Carney
What is the name of the largest military cemetery in the United States, located in Virginia?Arlington National Cemetery
Who is the highest-ranking officer in the US military?The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
What does the acronym NATO stand for?North Atlantic Treaty Organization
What is the minimum number of push-ups required for males to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test?42
In what year was the United States Air Force established as a separate branch of the military?1947
What is the highest rank in the United States Army?General of the Army
What is the nickname for the AH-64 Apache helicopter used by the US Army?The Tank Killer
Who is considered the father of the United States Air Force?General Carl Spaatz
What is the name of the elite special forces unit of the United States Army?Delta Force
What is the name of the annual US military training exercise in South Korea?Foal Eagle
What is the minimum age to join the United States Army?17
What is the name of the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron?The Blue Angels
What is the nickname for the United States Marine Corps?The Few, The Proud
What is the highest rank in the United States Marine Corps?General
What is the name of the elite special forces unit of the United States Navy?SEAL Team Six
What is the minimum number of sit-ups required for females to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test?53
What is the name of the US Army base that is home to the US Army War College?Carlisle Barracks
What is the name of the US Army’s standard issue assault rifle?M4 Carbine
What is the minimum height requirement to become a fighter pilot in the US Air Force?5 feet 4 inches
Who was the first African American to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?General Colin Powell
What is the name of the US military detention center located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?Camp Delta
What is the nickname for the M1 Abrams tank used by the US Army?The Beast

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