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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.

Joining the Army: Overview

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Thinking of joining the Army? Want to know what it takes, and what types of jobs in the Army are available? Get the low-down in this fact sheet. Army Basics The Army has more than 675,000 Soldiers, which include 488,000 on Active Duty and 189,000 in the Army Reserve. Directory of Army bases - Get a feel for the Army community with this direct... more

Women in Charge: 3 Female Veterans Who Excelled in the Business World

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Veterans have a leg up in the business world thanks to countless qualities mastered during service, including leadership skills, risk assessment abilities, discipline, commitment and focus – just to name a few. Female veterans are no exception, and many women who have established great military careers have gone on to excel as entrepreneurs and ... more

Tanks Get Green Makeover as USAREUR Shifts Focus to Europe

Mechanics work on the engine of a U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle in a motor pool at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (Stars and Stripes/John Vandiver)

MANNHEIM, Germany — Europe-based tanks and other armored vehicles will soon be repainted to woodland green in a strategic shift away from the desert tan that has marked the Army’s fighting vehicles for more than a decade. The vehicles had been painted desert tan for operations in the Middle East; the return to the forest colors coincides with s... more

4 Must-Have Items on Your Resume

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Crafting the perfect resume isn't easy, and industry experts sometimes disagree on what makes them stand out. However, despite the nuances of high-end resume creation, there are a few items every resume should include. Inspired by Business 2 Community, we've four, basic, must-have items your resume should include. Some of them may seem like ... more

China Parade Draws Putin, But Few Other Major World Leaders

A girl stands with a bouquet of flowers as people wait for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING  — Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low. Beijing says the attendance of 30 overseas leaders fr... more

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