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 | Mar 16, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely. He reiterated his stance that he would not sign a pact with the ... more
| Mar 15, 2014
U.S. Northern Command boss Gen. Chuck Jacoby said he's concerned that proposed cuts at Peterson Air Force Base could hurt aerial firefighting efforts. Quizzed by Colorado's Democratic Sen. Mark Udall at a Thursday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Jacoby said he's worried that pulling a squadron from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson co... more
| Mar 15, 2014
NORFOLK -- The Navy has asked Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to study ways to reduce the risk of engine fires in its MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The Navy says the study is part of an ongoing effort to correct a known defect in the helicopter's No. 2 engine and was not prompted by the crash of a Sea Dragon off the coast of Virginia two months ago. T... more
Military.com | Feb 28, 2014
With bills being passed and public policy being debated at the federal level, 2014 brings certain changes to military benefits that affect every member of the armed forces. Here are a few of the most crucial ones you'll need to know about in order to prepare for both your immediate and long-term financial future. Veteran Cost of Living Adjustme... more
Military.com | Mar 10, 2014
Have you ever noticed that when you need to move, everything suddenly seems more expensive? There are supplies, moving companies, the cost of transit to your new home, and worst of all, paying up to replace or fix damaged items. The average military family pays $1,725 out of pocket in a move, and that takes a big toll on your finances. Since mi... more