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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.

US Army General 1st to Serve in British Division

British army Maj. Gen. Patrick Sanders, 3rd (UK) Division commander watches as U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael J. Tarsa attaches the division's tactical recognition flash at Bulford Garrison, Wiltshire, England, Sept. 1, 2015. (Richard Watt/U.S. Army)

RAF MILDENHALL, England — U.S. Brig. Gen. Michael J. Tarsa has assumed the role of deputy commander of a British division, becoming the first American general to serve in that capacity in the British army, a spokesman said.   Tarsa was previously the deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colo.   In January, the Army ... more

2 Soldiers Injured after Black Hawk Helicopter Hard Landing

UH-60 Black Hawk

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Fort Carson says a Black Hawk helicopter landed hard in a suburban Denver forest in Douglas County, injuring two soldiers onboard. The military says it's investigating how the accident happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Forest Service land. Officials say four soldiers were in the helicopter during a routine training... more

Jurors Hear Testimony in Fort Indiantown Gap Rape Case


A 34-year-old National Guardsman told jurors Wednesday a fellow guardsman raped her after she became intoxicated at a cookout and party soldiers held in May last year at Fort Indiantown Gap. The woman said she walked to her barracks because she was not feeling well from drinking too much, Corwin C. Sample followed her into her room and sexually... more

Army Begins MHS Competition to Find New Pistol and Ammo Supplier

A 101st Airborne Division soldier fires a Sig Sauer pistol during weapons training May 29, 2015 at Tactical Base Gamberi in eastern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charlie Emmons)

The U.S. Army has launched its long-awaited competition to replace the M9 9mm pistol by offering gun makers the chance to supply the service with a new Modular Handgun System and the ammo to go with it. The Aug. 28 XM17 MHS request for proposals calls on gun makers to submit packages that include full-size and compact versions of their hand... more

Army Opens Ranger School to All Qualified Troops Regardless of Gender

U.S. Army Soldiers conduct a 12-mile foot march during the Ranger Course on Fort Benning, GA., April 23, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional skills in a physically demanding environment. (U.S. Army /Sgt. Paul Sale/Released)

The U.S. Army on Wednesday announced that qualified troops regardless of gender will be allowed to attend "all future classes" of its elite Ranger School. The move came less than two weeks after a pair of female soldiers and West Point graduates -- Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver -- made history by becoming the first women to gr... more

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