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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.

Tactical Fitness: Preparing for Army Special Forces Selection

Tactical Fitness: Army Special Forces

Preparing for any Special Ops Selection program can take many months of specific training as well as a lifetime of physical activity (sports, manual labor, outdoor hobbies). There are many skills you should practice on your own prior to attending boot camp if you are a civilian, as bootcamp is not designed to prepare you for the rigors of a... more

Congressman Wants Carter to Intervene in Removal of Green Beret

Ashton Carter at the Pentagon. DoD photo by R. D. Ward

WASHINGTON -- In a letter urging Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to intervene, a congressman said Wednesday that the Army went too far in reprimanding and initiating actions against a Green Beret who shoved an Afghan police commander after he allegedly admitted raping a young boy. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland faces involuntary separation fro... more

Army Chaplain Wins Prize to Give 9/11 Sermon By Ground Zero

An American flag flies over the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings in New York on Sept. 13, 2001. (AP photo)

NEW YORK -- An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon that he will deliver on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the terrorist attacks. The Rev. David Peters, of Austin, Texas, will give his winning sermon during a special morning service at St. Paul's Chapel. The inaugural... more

Third Female Enters the Final Phase of Army Ranger School

A third female Army officer has completed Mountain Phase and is entering the final phase of Ranger School a week after two other Army females became the first women in history to earn Ranger Tabs.(Fort Benning Photo)

Another female U.S. Army officer has passed Mountain Phase of Ranger School and is advancing to the final phase of the all-male infantry course. The West Point graduate follows two other West Pointers – 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest, who made history recently at Fort Benning, Ga., by becoming the first women to earn the presti... more

Small-Town Army NCO Shaped by Family, War, Football

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FORT MEADE, Md. -- Russ Currie had not yet been born when his uncle, Jerry Lee Patrick, was killed in Vietnam. An icon in his hometown of Eustis, Florida, Patrick was an accomplished football player, who had wanted to join the Army since he was a kid. At the high school's traditional "class night" the week of graduation, the somewhat reserved t... more

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