Navy

US Navy SEALs

The mission of the U.S. Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

The U.S. Navy was founded on October 13, 1775, and the Department of the Navy was established on April 30, 1798. The Department of the Navy has three principal components: The Navy Department, consisting of executive offices mostly in Washington, D.C.; the operating forces, including the Marine Corps, the reserve components, and, in time of war, the U.S. Coast Guard (in peace, a component of the Department of Homeland Security); and the shore establishment.

The U.S. Navy fleet is comprised of aircraft carriers that allow the mobile projection of naval air power across the globe, amphibious Assault Ships that deploy and support U.S. ground forces in remote locations, cruisers that are capable of engaging multiple simultaneous targets and employed in force support or independent action, destroyers that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capability, independently or in fleet support, and submarines for underwater operations and designed to carry out research, rescue, or specific wartime missions.

The Navy also has a large inventory of aircraft of all types to support the mission.

There are approximately 318,000 sailors serving on ships and installations across the world today.

ASVAB and Army Jobs

Staff Sgt Derrick Williams performing logistics work

Jobs in the Army are called Military Occupational Specalties (MOS). To find the jobs you qualify for, the Army breaks down your ASVAB subtest scores into groups known as line scores. The ASVAB subtests are: General Science (GS); Arithmetic Reasoning (AR); Word Knowledge (WK); Paragraph Comprehension (PC); Numerical Operations (NO); Coding Speed ... more

Air Force Basic Training Timeline At a Glance

Air Force recruits at Lackland

Schedules & Timelines - Air Force 8.5 Week BMT You'll begin your career in the Air Force with Basic Military Training (BMT). You'll work hard and be challenged, as you stretch yourself and discover that you're capable of more than you ever thought possible. And when you're finished, you'll know that you're ready for anything that life can throw... more

Senators Say War Fund, Pentagon Cuts Could Save A-10

A10 Warthog

WASHINGTON -- Congress could tap an overseas war fund or cut the budget of the secretary of defense's office to save the A-10 Thunderbolt from retirement, Senate lawmakers said Tuesday. A group of A-10 supporters, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said money can be made available for the program and urged fellow senators to support protectio... more

Former Medics Find Themselves on Bottom Rung in Civilian Field

Former Army combat medic Joe Carney attends to a patient at James Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Ill. Like many former medics, Carney struggled to find work after leaving the military. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. -- In four deployments as an Army combat medic to some of the most dangerous corners of Iraq and Afghanistan, Joe Carney had seen the worst of war -- bullet wounds, severed limbs, shrapnel. He saved lives amid bombs and gunfire, his emergency room often a patch of dirt in the desert or a rocky mountainside. None of that matte... more

Doubts Raised About Islamic State's Claim in Texas Attack

Joseph Offutt, left, and Raheem Peters hold a sign and a U.S. flag across the street from the Curtis Culwell Center, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Garland, Texas. LM Otero/AP

PHOENIX -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, but counterterrorism experts said IS has a history of asserting involvement in attacks in which it had no operational role. That suggests the two gunmen could have carried out their own lone ... more

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