Lindsey Graham Is Running for President

"The best of us are the one percent of Americans who are the men and women of the United States Armed Forces."

On Monday, June 1, 2015 in Central, South Carolina
Sources: Time, C-Span

The Context: Lindsey Graham makes his first order of business very clear: he wants to be president "to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us" and recalls the doctrine of "peace through strength." He advocates increasing the US's military presence abroad to demonstrate that America possesses "superior power." Graham distinguishes between politicians who "focus on elections" and the military which "focuses on the mission." A former officer, Graham promises that as president, he will focus on the mission. 

When speaking of our military, we often also speak of our military servicemen and women—both, active troops and veterans. Both their service and their needs are common and important topics while campaigning. As such, we asked

How many Americans have served in the military and where are they? How has the percentage of Americans on active duty changed over time?