Brigade Combat Team

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.

Packed House Shows Up To Support Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson. Army photo

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday urged Army brass to consider not just the economic impact of Fort Jackson on the community when contemplating potential cuts, but the state's efforts to support and sustain troops stationed here. "It's not just about the money. It's not just about the jobs. Those things are important. But it's abou... more

Female Artillery Soldier Becomes Launcher Chief

Army Cpl. Erica Gunter, a launcher chief in A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla., works with her launcher crew to reload its M270A Multiple Launch Rocket System. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Dees)

FORT SILL, Okla. -- Army Cpl. Erica Gunter recently made history when she was promoted to corporal and assigned as a multiple launch rocket system launcher chief, a position usually held by a staff sergeant. Gunter is assigned to A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery here. Other female soldiers have served as noncommissioned officers in... more

Course Aims to Improve Marksmanship Across Army

A student in the Master Marksmanship Training Course takes aim at a target during a qualification at Simpson Range, Feb. 19, 2015. (U.S. Army photo)

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- In June 2014, during the Maneuver Warfighter Conference, Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, or MCoE, addressed an area many leaders in the operational Army had expressed concerns about - marksmanship.  "There have been studies in recent years that have shown that due to the War ... more

McHugh Details Sequestration Dangers, Talks Army Priorities

U.S. Army photo

WASHINGTON -- If sequestration triggers this year it will affect every person and mission the U.S. Army has, Army Secretary John McHugh said during a Defense Writer's Group breakfast, Feb. 25. McHugh told reporters that right now his top three priorities are the budget, anything dealing with deployed or forward-deployed forces and combating sex... more

Army Not Interested in Taking A-10 Warthogs from Air Force

A-10 Thunderbolt II

The U.S. Army has no interest in taking over the Air Force's fleet of A-10 attack planes, even if it would save the venerable Cold War-era aircraft from the bone yard. The service's top civilian, Army Secretary John McHugh, rejected the idea of accepting hand-me-down A-10 Warthogs from the Air Force. "No chance," he said during a breakfast... more

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