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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.

California Sues Army over Riverbank Ammo Waste

The Army has done a lousy job of dealing with hazardous waste since closing its Riverbank ammunition plant five years ago, California health enforcers say in a lawsuit against the Army. "Despite repeated efforts to have treatment units properly closed over a period of several years, the Army failed to comply," said Paul Kewin, head enforcer for... more

LAPD Officer Accused of Faking Military Documents to Get Paid Leave

A veteran Los Angeles Police officer was arrested Tuesday on charges of stealing public funds related to allegedly submitting fictitous military leave documents on several occasions. Christine Bulicz, a 15-year LAPD officer and a California Army National Guard member, is alleged to have submitted fake military documents that allowed her to take... more

Anchorage School District Indefinitely Bans Military Recruiters

Alaska National Guard facility

On the heels of scathing allegations against the Alaska Army National Guard, the Anchorage School District has indefinitely halted all military recruiting at its schools, according to Heidi Embley, district spokeswoman. Ed Graff, district superintendent, alerted all branches of the military Monday that they could no longer recruit on school pro... more

Soldiers Deploying to Liberia will Receive Ebola Hazmat Suits

Army Lt. Col. Kevin Baird practices donning protective gear on Fort Eustis, Va. as soldiers heading to West Africa are trained on Ebola outbreak precautionary measures. (DoD photo)

Fort Campbell, Ky. -- Soldiers deploying to Liberia with the 101st Airborne Division to fight the Ebola virus will be issued Tyvek hazmat suits once they arrive in country, division officials here said Tuesday. Widely circulated media reports based on an Oct. 7 statement from Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa commander, have said soldiers would... more

Former Golden Knights Inducted into National Skydiving Hall of Fame

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Three men with ties to the U.S. Army Parachute Team's Golden Knights were among five skydivers inducted into the National Skydiving Hall of Fame last weekend. Former Golden Knights Jerry Bourquin and Chris Needels as well as honorary Golden Knight Helmut Schlecht were inducted into the Virginia-based Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Skydive Pa... more

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