How to decide, where to start, what is the value... the really important things can't be measured. I wrote my checks today, will move more paper into recycle or trash, and will get more out of my life by stopping the typing and going out to exercise... imagine that.
The Army is the largest and oldest established branch of the military. But the militia, in the form of people banding together in a military organization for protection of self and property is older in America than the ARMY... and costs so much less. Not that I don't fully appreciate the Army or any other branch of military service - I just know that in the end the real home guard is me and my rifle, don't take my rifle away.