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United States Armed Forces
Fo3 US Army Star.pngFo3 USA Military Star wBG.png
U.S.A.F. star, with and without the olive drab background
leadershipAnchorage Reclamation
- General Constantine Chase
Forces in Canada
- General Buzz Babcock
Hopeville Missile Base
- General Martin Retslaf
Sierra Army Depot
- General Clifton
Big MT Research Facility
- General Wellesley
West Tek Research Facility (former)
Mariposa Military Base (later)
- Colonel Robert Spindel
Forward Depot
- General Victor Breckenridge
foundedFounding Fathers of the United States of America
notable membersAir Force
Col. Hartigan
Capt. Carl Bell
Cpt. Roger Maxson
Lt. Thomas Morgan
Pvt. Elliott Tercorien
Dr. Adrienn Adami
GySgt. Benjamin Montgomery
headquartersPentagon (defunct)
notable locationsMariposa Military Base
Lost Hills Security Bunker
Sierra Army Depot
Toxic Waste Dump Security Bunker
Tibbets Military Prison Van BurenGametitle-VB.png
Los Alamos Van BurenGametitle-VB.png
MacArthur Army Base Van BurenGametitle-VB.png
Bunker Alpha, Beta and Gamma
Elmendorf Air Force Base
Peoria facility
Cheyenne Mountain
Kansas City silo complex
Fort Bannister
Fort Constantine
Fort Independence
Raven Rock
National Guard Depot
Wheaton Armory
Rivet City Aircraft Carrier
US Army Field Headquarters
Elemndorf Air Force Base
Artillery Overlook
Adams Air Force Base
Turtledove Detention Camp
Nellis Air Force Base
Hoover Dam
McCarran Airport
Hidden Valley
Hopeville Missile Base
Yuma Proving Ground
Relations and associations
child entities44th Bombardment Group
82nd Airborne Division
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
108th Infantry Battalion
Intelligence Corps
Commonwealth Defense Administration
Ballistic Defense Division
related entitiesBrotherhood of Steel
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The United States Armed Forces were the overall unified military forces of the United States before the Great War, composed of the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, and United States Air Force. The President of the United States served as the Commander-in-Chief of the military, with the Secretary of War, Department of War, and Department of Defense acting as the principal organ by which military policy was carried out.

After the Great War, remnants of the United States Armed Forces formed various groups and settlements. The biggest known organizations were the Enclave military forces made up of the remnants of the pre-war shadow government. Followed in size by the Brotherhood of Steel, who were organized from former U.S. soldiers who originally rebelled because of their governments' unethical activities.

Before the War[edit | edit source]

The Anchorage U.S. Army detachment, commanded by General Constantine Chase

By 2077, the U.S. Armed Forces were the world's most powerful military force. The only rival was the People's Liberation Army of China, with which the Armed Forces clashed during the Sino-American War, both in the Alaskan campaign (which included Anchorage) and numerous offensive campaigns waged in China.

The Armed Forces were primarily using energy weapons (laser and plasma) in the field, although due to slow production rates, many troops, in particular on the Anchorage Front Line, were still using regular firearms (such as the R91 assault rifle). In fact, production of these energy weapons were so slow that weapons still in their prototype phase were being tested in the field by active duty personnel.[1] Regular infantrymen, regardless of specialization, wore polymer combat armor (Anchorage troops used special winterized versions), while suits of power armor were reserved for Mechanized Cavalry units and special detachments (e.g. Colonel Spindel's group at Mariposa).

In a supportive role, the Army deployed robots―Sentry bots and combat versions of the popular Mister HandyMister Gutsy. Aerial support was to be provided by next-generation tiltrotor aircraft, the VB-02 Vertibirds, though they were scheduled to enter service in 2083, prototypes may have seen combat at Anchorage. Fighter support was common and many patrolled the U.S. coastline and its national waters. Hundreds of orbital micronuclear platforms were also placed in orbit around Earth, to provide tactical fire support for military forces or defend the home front if need be.[2]

Combat drug use was sanctioned by commanders. In fact, to prevent addiction, many bases stockpiled endorphin blockers, allowing soldiers to use drugs freely.[3]

The United States military knew the threat of nuclear war was ever present, so soldiers were trained and taught generalities about radioactive fallout, including how long it would take to subside and how to measure lethal amounts.[4]

Branches[edit | edit source]

Army[edit | edit source]

Army units were deployed in Alaska, 2067 to fend off the Chinese military. Later in the Sino-America war, Army units were deployed in China with the USMC. Military police were involved in Executive Order 99066.[5]

Marine Corps[edit | edit source]

The Marine Corps served as the spearhead of the American counter-invasion of China during the war, due to their specialization in amphibious operations.[6] Marines were also tasked with maintaining internment camps for Chinese and Chinese-American prisoners.[7]

Navy[edit | edit source]

The only known remaining Naval ship of the United States Navy is the Aircraft Carrier used as a settlement known as Rivet City. Located on the East Coast in Washington D.C. The U.S. Navy was also deployed during the Anchorage Reclamation, as two vessels, USS Ebon Atoll and USS Interference, are mentioned in Fallout 3. There is also a Naval recruiting center and a crashed Naval jet in the Point Lookout region.[8][7]

Air Force[edit | edit source]

The United States had many Air Force bases throughout the country, some of which are, Fort Constantine in Maryland,[9] Adams Air Force Base in Virginia, Nellis Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, Nevada, and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.

Air Force formations that formed a part of the Air Force include 15th and Tenth Air Forces, as well as the 827th and 29th Bomb Squadrons.

National Guard[edit | edit source]

Main article: National Guard

The National Guard was a reserve branch of the Army and primarily served as a domestic defense and disaster relief force during peacetime. However, they could be and often were deployed abroad as front-line troops in wartime.

Notable operations[edit | edit source]

  • By far, the most notable operation is the Anchorage Reclamation, an 11-year campaign to liberate Alaska from the Chinese invaders. Ultimately successful, it was the first large-scale deployment of newly developed T-51b power armor units.
  • The annexation of Canada was also performed by the United States military, whose units were also dedicated to keeping the peace―by any means necessary.
  • Veterans of the Anchorage campaign were also deployed against their fellow countrymen, to contain food riots.
  • The Gobi Campaign, where the U.S. attempted to capture Chinese military facilities in the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Campaign scout rifle was designed for this campaign.
  • The Yangtze Campaign, during which Nanjing and Shanghai were occupied by Marines equipped with new, high-tech weapons and armor.

After the War[edit | edit source]

With the nuclear holocaust of 2077 and the dissolution of the chain of command, the U.S. Armed Forces effectively ceased to exist, becoming groups of isolated soldiers with no coordination. Two groups, the Enclave and the Brotherhood of Steel are known to be direct descendants (or include descendants of) the original United States Armed Forces.

Facilities[edit | edit source]

Alaska[edit | edit source]

West Coast[edit | edit source]

Midwest[edit | edit source]

East Coast[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Armor[edit | edit source]

Apparel[edit | edit source]

Ordnance[edit | edit source]

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Vehicles[edit | edit source]

Airforce[edit | edit source]

Army[edit | edit source]

Navy[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Symbols[edit | edit source]

Art and propaganda[edit | edit source]

United States mainland[edit | edit source]

Anchorage Reclamation[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. Research Terminal, Analysis
  2. Terminal, Log Entry #003
  3. The Chosen One: "{921}{}{What about using some kind of endorphin blocker? That would repress the chemical and psychological addition, wouldn't it?}"
    Myron: "{930}{myn132}{Kee-rist. That has got to be the dumbest...hmmmm...}"
    The Chosen One: "{931}{}{Well?}"
    Myron: "{940}{myn133}{Well...maybe it would work, but I'm pretty sure Jet would just chew right through that shit. Now wh-wh-why the hell are we even talking about this?! Wh-where would you get your hands on endorphine blockers anyway?}"
    The Chosen One: "{941}{}{You tell me, Myron. You're a bright guy.}"
    Myron: "{950}{myn134}{Maybe Vault City. They have a pretty good medical warehouse. A lot of old pre-holocaust bases also used to stock them to prevent combat drug addiction.}"
  4. Year: 2078
  5. Internment orders
  6. Future Weapons Today!
  7. 7.0 7.1 Turtledove Detention Camp terminal entries
  8. Blackbox recording
  9. Fort Constantine launch codes
  10. Boomer flightsuit
  11. Mission report