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.

Carolina Thunder: Six Hours of Helicopters, Rockets and Training

AH-64 Apache

Leaders of the North and South Carolina National Guards met on a hill overlooking a landscape of bombed-out tanks and columns of rusting armor. Overhead, AH-64 Apache helicopters belonging to both states took turns firing machine guns and rockets at their targets. Operation Carolina Thunder -- the annual joint exercise between the two states' ... more

Army Publishes Book on Wildlife Toxicity

The Toxicology Portfolio of the Army Institute of Public Health (AIPH) recently authored a new book: 'Wildlife Toxicity Assessments for Chemicals of Military Concern.' The need was to assist in characterizing the risk for wildlife resources at hazardous waste sites where toxicity values were largely available for humans, but not for wildlife. Th... more

Four National Guardsmen Injured in Training Exercise

Fort Bliss front.

Four soldiers from the Texas National Guard were injured during a training exercise at Fort Bliss, officials said. The soldiers were in a Humvee just before 3 p.m. Friday when the vehicle rolled, Fort Bliss officials said. The soldiers were taken to William Beaumont Army Medical Center where they were treated. Fort Bliss officials said three o... more

JBLM Proposes Helicopter Training Areas in SW Washington

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Residents in Southwest Washington could see more low-flying military aircraft in the future. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is proposing to establish three off-base helicopter training areas and one mountain training area. These training areas would be available to use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, except for federal holidays. The training would i... more

Two Female Officers Advance Final Phase of Army Ranger School

Ranger candidates, burdened with heavy packs and weapons, hike up a trail during the Mountain Phase of the traditionally all-male infantry course. (Army Photo)

Two of the three female officers attending U.S. Army Ranger School have advanced into the final phase of the all-male infantry course, Fort Benning, Ga., officials announced Friday. The two females and 125 men successfully completed the 18-day Mountain Phase of the course and will begin the third and final, Swamp Phase of Ranger School, loca... more

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