1998: U.S. embassies bombed

- Army strength: 484,928 people

- Navy strength: 381,336 people

- Marine Corps strength: 173,055 people

- Air Force strength: 367,468 people

- Total strength: 1,406,787 people

- Percent of population enlisted: 0.51%

In August 1998, U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi were bombed, killing 224 and injuring more than 5,000. The bombings were linked to Osama bin Laden; al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. In retaliation, the U.S. military dropped cruise missiles on Afghanistan, targeting al-Qaeda camps.

[Pictured: U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright looks at the U.S. embassy in Dar Es Salaam after the bombing.]

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