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.


Army Officer Firings Blamed on Bad Evals, Not Race

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

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

Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons speaks during a news conference at the base in Fort Lee, Va., Monday, after a female soldier with a gun inside a key building at a Virginia Army base turned the weapon on herself. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Army IDs Soldier Who Shot Self at Virginia Base

RICHMOND, Va. — A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist from New York, the Army said Wednesday. Fort Lee officials identified her as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker of Yonkers. Walker was pronounced dead after bein... more

Army Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison, the commander of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), speaks  during an exercise at Camp Sapporo, Japan, on Jan. 24, 2013. Timothy Shannon/U.S. Army

Army Knocks 2-Star Down to 1-Star Rank

WASHINGTON — A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other accusations against a colonel on his staff will be retired at one-star rank, the Army announced Wednesday. The decision by Army Secretary John M. McHugh comes more than a year after Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison was suspended from his duti... more

Female Tank Mechanic Likes Dirty Work

BOISE, Idaho – Speckled with engine oil and coated with a layer of dust, 23-year-old Army Spc. Samantha Brumley rummages through a larger-than-life toolbox to begin work with her fellow tank mechanics on servicing an Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Tank in the high desert area southeast from here. Her team is at the Orchard Training Cent... more

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