The territory is known for having the highest rate of military enlistment of any US state or territory, with the local US Army recruiting station in Pago Pago being ranked first in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations and centers under the United States Army Recruiting Command, which includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Europe, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Korea and Japan in September 9th, 2014. Unfortunately, that also means that American Samoa has a disproportionate number of casualties per population compared to other parts of the United States. The territory also has a large number of NFL players, with American Samoans being 40 to 56 times more likely to play in the NFL than a non-Samoan American and more than 200 American Samoans playing NCAA Division I college football, giving American Samoa the nickname of the "Football Islands".
American Samoa in fiction
- 1983: Doomsday: American Samoa was unscathed by the nuclear war but was cut off from U.S. mainland support. They instead held an independent union with Samoa before joining the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand.
The American Samoan flag