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Military pilots fly various types of specialized aircraft to transport troops and equipment and to execute combat missions. Military aircraft make up of one of the world's largest fleets of specialized airplanes.
The U.S. Armed Forces are composed of five separate military services: the army, air force, marines, navy, and coast guard (which is now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Pilots within these branches train, organize, and equip the nation's air services to support the national and international policies of the government.
Those who choose to join the armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting their fellow Americans. More than 2.4 million people served in the armed forces in 2009, and 1.4 million of these were on active duty. There were approximately 183,683 enlisted personnel working in transportation and materials handling occupations in the military, including airplane pilots and helicopter pilots, in 2009.