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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.

Super Bowl Participants to Troops: 'You're the Real Heroes'

Kam Chancellor, a defensive back for the National Football League’s defending champion Seattle Seahawks, talks to members of the media during Super Bowl Week in Glendale, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2015. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – With the National Football League’s all-star game in the rear-view mirror, anticipation for the league’s championship -- the final pro football game of the year -- begins. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the teams preparing to square off Feb. 1 in Super Bowl XLIX, shared their appreciation for U.S. service membe... more

Reduction of Troops in Hawaii Might Ease Demand for Homes

As the Army considers downsizing on Oahu, a theory making the rounds is that if Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield close, the state would inherit lots of family housing and barracks for the public that could offset a housing crunch. "There would be plenty of housing for years to come," wrote retired educator Kioni Dudley in a recent e... more

Commander: Army’s New AH-64E Apache Surprised Enemy in Afghanistan

Apache attack helicopter

The commander of the first U.S. Army unit to fly combat missions in Afghanistan with the AH-64E Apache -- the service's newest version of the attack helicopter -- praised the performance of the aircraft. Lt. Col. John Davis, commander of the 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, part of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade at Joint Base Lewis ... more

Army Private Accused of Raping Woman


A U.S. Army private is accused of raping a Medina woman on two occasions and threatening her if she contacted authorities, according to Summit County sheriff's detectives. Floyd Keisner, 22, of Akron, has been charged with rape and kidnapping. Sheriff's spokesman Bill Holland detectives say Keisner first contacted the 20-year-old woman in Sept... more

Army Agrees to Pay for New Brighton Water Treatment for 30 Years

The U.S. Army has agreed to continue to pay for treatment of New Brighton's drinking water for the next 30 years, under the terms of a settlement reached with the city and announced Tuesday. The legal agreement will go before the New Brighton City Council on Tuesday night for ratification, city officials said. "This settlement allows for the c... more

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