Using simple language and straightforward narratives, the author of these six volumes succinctly relates basic details of the various branches of the United States military. Each volume contains diagrams of sample vehicles (e.g., Coast Guard cutter, aircraft carrier, fighter jet) or gear of a soldier and Marine. Readers learn various facts, such as the Marines require 13 weeks in boot camp, only half the candidates for Army Ranger school pass, the Coast Guard has 42,000 members, and the Navy was founded in 1775. Colorful accompanying photographs of personnel display the diversity of the modern armed forces. Young enthusiasts will also appreciate the pictures of ships, planes, and firearms. VERDICT Very young readers interested in the military will find these titles suitable introductions, and purchase should be considered where there is a demand.