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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.

Army Supporting Prayer Day Despite Protest

Stars and Stripes | Apr 19, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Army plans to support a National Day of Prayer event closely associated with an evangelical Christian organization despite a protest from a group that wants to crack down on what it calls fundamentalist Christian domination of the U.S. military.   In a letter Thursday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Mikey Weinstein, preside... more

Vet Receives Body Armor that Saved His Life

 | Apr 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine -- Three years ago this month, Jackman native Timothy Gilboe stared into the eyes of a Taliban soldier in Afghanistan, grabbed the barrel of the enemy's AK-47 assault rifle to his chest, and thought, "This is really going to hurt." Gilboe's squad had been attacked by two Taliban soldiers near a small village in Afghanistan's Mai... more

Army Deserter Caught 5 Years Later

 | Apr 19, 2014

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. -- Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley found himself executing a felony warrant early Friday evening after making a routine traffic stop. At approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, Tpr. Foley witnessed Glen D. Turner, 32, driving in Keavy without a seat belt. While performing a basic interview and running Turner's information, ... more

Army Pulling Helos from National Guard

apache helicopter | Apr 19, 2014

Army leaders are reaching out to the National Guard after Guard leaders and lawmakers criticized the Army over its plan to retire 798 aircraft and transfer AH-64 Apaches from the Guard to active duty units. The Army told Congress the plan is to increase readiness in light of the budget crunch that has forced the service to find costs savings an... more

C-130s Take Part in 'Elephant Walk'

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Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Apr 18, 2014

It's a rare sight to see eight C-130 cargo planes in a line lumbering their way around Pope Field's flightline. Rarer still, is when those planes take off and return to drop dozens of static-line and high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) paratroopers back onto the tarmac. "This never happens," 82nd Airborne Division Sgt. Tory Hoskins said. In... more

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