The U.S. has bases in at least 74 countries and troops practically all over the world, ranging from thousands to just one in some countries, according to the reports of the Department of Defense.
The numbers may vary in reality as the data is incomplete.
Many question the need for maintaining such a large military presence aboard. However, the need for military bases across the world arose during the Cold War era and the military presence only strengthened in the years of global war on terrorism.
According to statistics, U.S. military members are deployed in more than 150 countries around the world. There are “over 156,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories and an additional 70,000 deployed in various contingency operations as well as through military attache offices and temporary training assignments in foreign countries.”