According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, the number of active-duty U.S. military troops stationed overseas has fallen to it’s lowest level in at least 60 years. There are now less than 200k U.S. troops stationed overseas.
The decline comes at a time when tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are hitting news highs, as the rogue nation successfully launched 3 short-range missiles on Saturday. One of the countries where there are less U.S. troops stationed is South Korea.
According to PEW: There were around 1.3 million total active-duty U.S. military personnel in 2016. Of these, 193,442 – or 15% – were deployed overseas.
That’s the smallest number and share of active-duty members overseas since at least 1957, the earliest year with comparable data, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of information from the Defense Manpower Data Center, a statistical arm of the Department of Defense.
As shown in the chart below, in 2016, most US troops were stationed in Japan (38,818), Germany (34,602), South Korea (24,189), Italy (12,088) and Afghanistan (9,023). However, it was reported on Monday that President Donald J. Trump will continue to war in Afghanistan by adding 4,000 more troops to the terror-laden country.
Pew Research Center points out that in 2016, 70% of the U.S. active-duty military were deployed to Asia and Europe. Asian countries had the highest share of overseas troops (38%), while around a third were deployed to Europe (32%). Nearly one-in-seven active-duty members were in the Middle East and North Africa (13%) and 3% were in sub-Saharan Africa or the Americas (excluding the U.S. and its territories). The remainder (14%) were in other locations, such as at sea or between territories.
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