Army

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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.

Odierno Talks Training, Shaping Battlefield with Soldiers

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks with Soldiers, from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, during a visit at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., April 22, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Chuck Cannon)

FORT POLK, La. -- Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno visited the Joint Readiness Training Center, or JRTC, on Fort Polk, April 21-22, to observe training by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, while also visiting with both rotational and home-based Soldiers and leaders. Odierno visited with Soldiers and leaders at the 2nd Brigade ... more

Patient Awarded $4.25M after Botched Gastric Surgery at Army Hospital

Tripler Army Medical Center (U.S. Army photo)

Federal Judge Alan Kay issued a $4.25 million judgment Tuesday against the United States for a botched bariatric gastric bypass surgery for weight loss on a healthy woman at Tripler Army Medical Center in 2010. After the surgery, Christina Mettias, then 32, was in critical condition in intensive care due to complications. She still suffers from... more

Adaptive Sports Help Soldier Conquer Illness

Army Staff Sgt. Cory Davis takes aim during the archery competition of the Army Trials on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, March 31, 2015. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

EL PASO, Texas -- As the crowd applauded, the veteran dipped his head to receive his first gold medal, his eyes holding back tears, a slow grin creeping onto his face. Somebody yelled, "Hold hands," and he grabbed the hands of his fellow athletes and raised them in the air, celebrating his victory in rifle shooting with his fellow wounded warrio... more

Fort Bragg, British Paratroopers End Joint Training with Boxing Brawl

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Antonio Lovette didn't quite know what he was walking into. Prior to Wednesday night, the most intense boxing environment the senior airman had seen was a Golden Gloves tournament. As part of a small boxing community at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, his work in the ring usually didn't draw much attention. But early in Wednesday night's... more

Eight Women Complete Week One of Army Ranger School

A U.S. Army Soldier conducts a Ranger Physical Assessment during the Ranger Course on Fort Benning, GA., April 20, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale/Released)

Half of the female soldiers who entered the first co-ed class of U.S. Army Ranger School have completed the first week of the traditionally all-male course. Eight out of 16 female soldiers completed the Ranger Assessment Phase, or RAP week. On the male side, 184 males out of 380 finished RAP. "This is an overall success rate of 48 percent... more

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