Brigade Combat Team

The Army’s mission is to fight and win America’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders. The Army does this by executing Title 10 and Title 32 United States Code directives, to include organizing, equipping, and training forces for the conduct of prompt and sustained combat operations on land.

The Army, as one of the three military departments reporting to the Department of Defense, is composed of two distinct and equally important components: the active component and the reserve components. The reserve components are the United States Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

Regardless of component, the Army conducts both operational and institutional missions. The operational Army consists of numbered armies, corps, divisions, brigades, and battalions that conduct full spectrum operations around the world. (Operational Unit Diagram and descriptions) The institutional Army supports the operational Army. Institutional organizations provide the infrastructure necessary to raise, train, equip, deploy, and ensure the readiness of all Army forces. The training base provides military skills and professional education to every Soldier—as well as members of sister services and allied forces. It also allows the Army to expand rapidly in time of war. The industrial base provides world-class equipment and logistics for the Army. Army installations provide the power-projection platforms required to deploy land forces promptly to support combatant commanders. Once those forces are deployed, the institutional Army provides the logistics needed to support them.

The Congress of the Confederation officially created the United States Army on June 3, 1784 after the end of the Revolutionary War.  Today the Army has approximately 548,000 soldiers who serve in theaters worldwide.

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Ranger School PT Test

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As Ranks Thin in Afghanistan, Troops Take on More Chores

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Soldiers at Work Making Thanksgiving Meals for the Needy

Fort Carson

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Rock Hill Police Pick Up Army Deserter

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First Flight of Quarantined Troops from West Africa to Arrive at JBLM

joint color guard at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

A group of military service members coming home from recent missions in Liberia will spend the next few weeks in a containment area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord while the Army monitors their health for signs of Ebola infection, the Army announced Monday. The group includes 15 military service members and one Defense Department civilian who recen... more

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