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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.

Military Leaders Report Concerns on Long-Term Readiness

Adm. Michelle Howard, right, lends a hand to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus as he and Wayne Cowles, Howard's husband, put four-star shoulder boards on Howard's service white uniform during her promotion ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military is consuming readiness as fast as it can generate it, and this leaves America vulnerable, uniformed leaders told the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee March 26. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, the Army vice chief of staff; Adm. Michelle J. Howard, the vice chief of naval operations; Gen. Larry O. Spencer, Air Forc... more

Vietnam Veteran Pinned with Belated Bronze Star

The U.S. Army wanted to right a wrong on Monday night in Gig Harbor. Paul Evans, a Gig Harbor resident and Vietnam War veteran, was awarded a belated Bronze Star at the City Council meeting. He was out on reconnaissance mission when a fellow soldier looked for relief from carrying the M-60 machine gun. At the top of the hill, he and his unit st... more

Army Improves Systems Testing to Deliver More Capability to Fight

Dr. Jeffery Holland, director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and chief scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks during an ERS seminar in Springfield, Va., March 25, 2015.(U.S. Army photo/David Vergun)

SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- The Army is now using high-performance computer modeling and simulation to ensure its weapons platforms and systems deliver greater effectiveness to the warfighters, said Dr. Jeffery Holland, director of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Holland, who is also chief scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engine... more

Fired Maine National Guard Chief Responds after Documents Released

National Guard

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Information contained in emails and texts relating to Maine National Guard Adjutant Gen. James D. Campbell's controversial plan to transform Maine's 133rd Engineer Battalion into an infantry unit led to his being fired, a spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday. "There was a mischaracterization" about how plans for a c... more

US Army Alaska Formally Investigates 'Racial Thursdays'

Fort Wainwright

The U.S. Army Alaska is now formally investigating reports of "racial Thursdays" at a Fairbanks military base, according to Lt. Col. Alan Brown, public affairs chief with the organization. On the morning of March 19, U.S. Army Alaska confirmed that they were looking into allegations that a platoon of soldiers at Fort Wainwright were being given... more

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