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.
One longtime Army unit remaining at Aberdeen Proving Ground could be shipping out for good within a year or two, further reducing the dwindling ranks of soldiers on post. The possibility that the 22nd Chemical Battalion could be leaving the was raised by APG Garrison Commander Col. Gregory Clinton during a recent public meeting on the Army's Jo... more
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska — Most of the Alaska-based paratroopers who were hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide have returned to duty. U.S. ArmyAlaska says in a release that 17 of the soldiers were treated and released after the Thursday incident at the Yukon Training Area near Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. They were to be r... more
WIESBADEN, Germany -- Reports of sexual assaults in U.S. Army Europe jumped 131 percent in fiscal 2013. That sounds bad, but Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., who heads the command, sees it as a sign of progress in the service's fight to put a stop to sexual violence in the ranks. The increase indicates that victims "are developing trust and co... more
Jeffrey MacDonald, the former Army doctor who has argued for more than three decades that he was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, is not giving up on his quest for freedom. In federal court documents filed this week, MacDonald again argues that his murder conviction should be vacated. This time, MacDonald points to problems discovered with... more
SAN ANTONIO -- A retired Army lieutenant colonel from Cibolo pleaded guilty Thursday to taking more than $250,000 from companies he intended to work for after his service at the much-maligned Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, a supply hub for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mark L. Moss, 48, oversaw cable, Internet and satellite services for the mil... more