Happy birthday, Donald Trump! You’re 71 today, the oldest person ever elected president of the United States. And as commander-in-chief of the nation’s armed forces, you also happen to share a birthday with one of the mighty service branches under your command: the U.S. Army, which is celebrating 242 years of protecting the freedoms of American citizens.
But what else do these two titans of geopolitical power have in common? Let’s explore in a side-by-side comparison, shall we?
Army: The United States Army
Trump: Donald John Trump
Army: Largest branch of the U.S. armed forces
Trump: President of the United States of America
Length of service to country:
Army: 88,328 days
Trump: 145 days
Army: The American Revolution, the War of 1812, Mexican-American War, American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the Global War on Terror
Army: The militaries of the U.K., Spain, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, Germany (twice!), Japan, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and the so-called Islamic State.
Army: George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, John Pershing, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, Matthew Ridgway, H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Trump: Who cares? After all, Trump has said he knows “more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me," even though he just handed authority over U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan over to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Army: The M9, M11, and M17 pistols; the MP5 submachine gun; the M16, M4, M231 FPW, and HK416 assault rifles, the 500 MILLS and M1014 shotguns, the M249, M240, and Browning M2 machine guns; the Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, M110 and M107 sniper rifles; the M320 grenade launcher; the AT4, M141, and M72 LAW anti-material weapons; the FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missile; and the M224 and M252 mortars, among others.
Trump: His Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump
Army: The M1 Abrams main battle tank, M2 and M3 Bradley fighting vehicles, and M1120 SEries and M113 armored personnel carriers, among others.
Trump: Air Force One, Marine One, and a golf cart
Army: The blood of America’s enemies, MREs (wartime); chili mac, MREs (peacetime)
Trump: Trump Tower meatloaf, KFC, and Diet Coke
Army: Two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a timed 2-mile run.
Number of national drafts experienced:
Number of calls for military service met: