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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.


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Eight in 10 of the U.S. Army majors being dismissed from the service had poor evaluations or otherwise bad marks, a fact that some say played a far bigger role in the separations than race or ethnicity. The Army earlier this year convened an Officer Separation Board and an Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board that reviewed the records ... more

Gen. John Campbell

Campbell Could Miss NATO Meeting on Afghanistan

Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the new commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, will likely not attend the NATO ministers meeting in Britain next week at which the U.S. had hoped to cement final decisions on a future force presence and aid, a U.S. military official in Kabul said Friday. The official said that the political turmoil in... more

Army Staff Sgt. Michael Smith

Army Amputee Keeps Innate Optimism

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – A hit-and-run driver robbed Staff Sgt. Michael Smith of his arm and nearly his life, but failed to impact his single-minded determination. “My commitment was to staying in the Army for 20 [years],” Smith said. “There was no way I was going to be shortchanged due to someone else’s negligence.” Af... more

Stryker combat vehicle

Depot Celebrates Stryker Upgrade Program

Jason Parks knows his way around a Stryker combat vehicle. The Weaver resident has helped refurbish Strykers since they first came to the Anniston Army Depot six years ago. Parks stayed with the vehicle in 2012 when a defense contractor, General Dynamics Land Systems, began a pilot program at the depot to upgrade a handful of them to better pro... more

Memorial Held for Soldier Slain in Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett helped others traverse a war zone. In Afghanistan, Leggett, 39, served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of a drive team that shuttled coalition troops and officials between New Kabul Compound and other bases in the capital city. The roads are crowded and dangerous -- not just because of the heavy traffi... more

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