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.
Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014
WASHINGTON — Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. The decision, laid out in a July 15 memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, stands in contrast to the Army's upbeat public statements about the Distribute... more
Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday. Sgt. Lucas Wendeborn of Valdez is being treated for puncture wounds and lacerations after the mauling Sunday at Joint... more
Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Jul 21, 2014
Soldiers scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan Saturday will need to wait a few more days before starting their roles as air ambulance crews. About 70 soldiers with Company C, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade had been set to say their goodbyes to family and friends Saturday morning before their nine-month deploy... more
| Jul 18, 2014
A year ago, Joint Base Lewis-McChord opened a sex assault response center that seemed like such a good idea commanders wondered why they had not launched one earlier. The rest of the Army apparently agreed. This month, Army commanders announced plans to replicate the Lewis-McChord model at 11 other posts. It's an endorsement of a project creat... more
Military.com | Jul 17, 2014
The U.S. Army has altered its government-owned Scorpion camouflage pattern to look almost identical to MultiCam, the trademarked pattern the service has been using in Afghanistan since 2010. Earlier this spring, Army leaders began briefing senior sergeants major around the service that the Universal Camouflage Pattern will be replaced with Scor... more