State of the Military

datascience@berkeley looked at each president's first State of the Union address — from Woodrow Wilson to Donald J. Trump — to find out how often they mentioned the military.

Donald J. Trump

Party: Republican
Year: 2018
Total Word Count: 5,799

Trump Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Army 1 0.017244352
Battlefield 1 0.017244352
Guantanamo 2 0.034488705
Marines 1 0.017244352
Military 4 0.06897741
Missile 1 0.017244352
Navy 1 0.017244352
Nuclear 6 0.103466115
Veterans 9 0.155199172
War 2 0.034488705
Weapons 1 0.017244352

Barack Obama

Party: Democrat
Year: 2010
Total Word Count: 7,304

Obama Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Battle 1 0.013691128
Military 2 0.027382256
Nuclear 5 0.068455641
Troops 4 0.054764513
Veterans 1 0.013691128
War 7 0.095837897
Weapons 3 0.041073384

George W. Bush

Party: Republican
Year: 2002
Total Word Count: 3,878

George W. Bush Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Battlefield 1 0.025786488
Guantanamo 1 0.02578648788
Military 4 0.103145952
Missile 2 0.051572976
Navy 1 0.02578648788
Nuclear 3 0.077359464
Soldiers 2 0.051572976
Troops 3 0.077359464
Veterans 1 0.025786488
War 12 0.309437855
Weapons 12 0.309437855

Bill Clinton

Party: Democrat
Year: 1994
Total Word Count: 7,432

Clinton Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Military 5 0.067276642
Missile 1 0.013455328
Nuclear 4 0.053821313
Troops 1 0.013455328
War 2 0.026910657
Weapons 5 0.067276642

George Bush Sr.

Party: Republican
Year: 1990
Total Word Count: 3,777

George Bush Sr. Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Army 3 0.079428118
Battle 1 0.02647603918
Military 6 0.158856235
Troops 2 0.052952078

Ronald Reagan

Party: Republican
Year: 1982
Total Word Count: 5,154

Reagan Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Military 8 0.1552192472
Nuclear 1 0.019402406

James Carter, Jr.

Party: Democrat
Year: 1978
Total Word Count: 4,580

Carter Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Military 5 0.109170306
Nuclear 7 0.152838428
War 6 0.131004367
Weapons 3 0.065502183

Gerald Ford

Party: Republican
Year: 1975
Total Word Count: 4,126

Ford Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Military 7 0.169655841
Navy 2 0.048473097
Nuclear 6 0.145419292
War 2 0.048473097

Richard Nixon

Party: Republican
Year: 1970
Total Word Count: 4,457

Nixon Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Battle 1 0.022436617
Military 3 0.06730985
War 16 0.358985865
Weapons 1 0.02243661656

Lyndon B. Johnson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1964
Total Word Count: 3,168

Johnson Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Military 3 0.09469697
Nuclear 1 0.031565657
War 7 0.220959596
Weapons 2 0.063131313

John F. Kennedy

Party: Democrat
Year: 1961
Total Word Count: 5,274

Kennedy Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Military 5 0.094804702
Missile 3 0.056882821
Nuclear 3 0.056882821
War 6 0.113765643
Weapons 2 0.037921881

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Party: Republican
Year: 1953
Total Word Count: 6,973

Eisenhower Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Army 1 0.01434103
Military 12 0.172092356
Navy 2 0.028682059
Soldiers 1 0.01434103
Veterans 2 0.028682059
War 5 0.071705148
Weapons 1 0.01434103

Harry S. Truman

Party: Democrat
Year: 1946
Total Word Count: 27,465

Truman Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Army 7 0.021845986
Battle 1 0.003640998
Marines 1 0.003640998
Military 15 0.054614965
Navy 16 0.058255962
Nazi 4 0.014563991
Soldiers 1 0.003640998
Troops 2 0.007281995
Veterans 36 0.131075915
War 222 0.808301475
Weapons 2 0.007281995

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Party: Democrat
Year: 1934
Total Word Count: 2,230

Roosevelt Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
War 1 0.044843049

Herbert Hoover

Party: Republican
Year: 1929
Total Word Count: 10,994

Hoover Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Army 7 0.063671093
Marines 3 0.027287611
Military 1 0.00909587
Navy 8 0.072766964
Soldiers 2 0.018191741
Veterans 9 0.081862834
War 14 0.127342187

Calvin Coolidge

Party: Republican
Year: 1923
Total Word Count: 6,706

Coolidge Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Army 5 0.074560095
Navy 5 0.074560095
Veterans 3 0.044736057
War 10 0.149120191

Warren Harding

Party: Republican
Year: 1921
Total Word Count: 5,606

Harding Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Navy 1 0.017838031
Soldiers 1 0.017838031
War 14 0.24973243

Woodrow Wilson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1913
Total Word Count: 3,553

Wilson Military mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Military 1 0.028145229

Frequency adjusted for speech length.
Similar variations of words were combined. For example: naval and navy are both categorized as “navy.”

Source: The American Presidency Project -- http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou.php


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