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.
SAN ANTONIO -- A retired Army sergeant was sentenced Friday to 20 years in federal prison for shooting his estranged wife at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston last year. In a brief statement, Alvin Roundtree apologized to his then-wife, Army Capt. Mona McFadden, for the shooting on June 10, 2013, that led to a lockdown of the post and the... more
The trial date for a 78-year-old retired schoolteacher accused of killing her estranged husband more than 37 years ago has again been postponed. Lisbeth Garrett is charged with murder in the death of Fort Bliss Army Maj. Chester Garrett, whose body was found on Jan. 4, 1977, inside of his Volkswagen Beetle in a desert area in East El Paso Count... more
For the first time, the Army is planning to allow female solders to attend Ranger School as part of an assessment that could permanently open the grueling infantry course to women. The service recently started calling for female volunteers for the effort, but Army officials are not expected to make a final decision to hold the assessme... more
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Arthur Richardson, 28, of Fall River, Mass., will be buried Sept. 18 in Arlington ... more
FORT BRAGG -- Soldiers based at Fort Bragg are accustomed to being at the center of heated global conflict. As the Army trims its numbers, troops and their families now find themselves in the middle of a local bidding war as landlords compete to fill empty houses and apartments with a shrinking pool of renters. Five years ago, when U.S. forces ... more