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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 Begins Training for Next War, Which May Be Much Different, Bigger

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FORT RILEY, KANSAS -- For more than a decade, troops here have been schooled in counterinsurgency. "Mission-specific" training, they call it: going house to house, busting down doors, rooting out terror cells, recognizing crude explosives. Now, after a pair of mission-specific wars, an Army in transition aims to get back to the future. The tr... more

Drinking Water for Special Forces is Aim of Soldier's Research

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Every day, Maj. Jay Reyes gets up and drives from his home in Sanford to UNC-Chapel Hill, where he spends his time holed away in a metal cage that houses five water filters and three years of doctoral research. The space he claimed for his lab is in a storage area behind the university's environmental science and engineering building. It's not ... more

Military Picks Up the Tab, Med Students Prepare for Service

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Darshan Shah comes from a family of extreme pacifists. So, his parents, Indian immigrants and vegetarians who practice the Jainism religion of harmlessness, were less than thrilled when he told them he was joining the Army. "I'm not your typical military person," the third-year medical student at the Commonwealth Medical College said with a sm... more

National Guard Staff Sergeant Takes Plea Deal in Fraud Case


HAGATNA, Guam — A Guam Army National Guard staff sergeant has signed a plea agreement as part of an investigation into recruitment fraud within the National Guard. By signing the agreement, Denille Calvo has admitted to theft of government property, reported The Pacific Daily News Tuesday. Court documents state that Calvo allegedly took credit... more

Fort Drum Soldier Killed in Humvee Crash Remembered for Selflessness

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CLAYTON -- Those who knew Staff Sgt. Bryce E. Leek said he was selfless in all areas of his life. Even though he had to wake up early for his Army work, he stayed up late with his wife, Stephanie M., as she did her college coursework, "just in case I needed something," she said. He bought his sons new clubs to play golf, despite only having old... more

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