the United States Army


The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States Armed Forces and performs land-based military operations.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

An army or ground force is a fighting force that fights primarily on land.

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It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States and is designated as the Army of the United States in the United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1 and United States Code, Title 10, Subtitle B, Chapter 301, Section 3001.

The Army of the United States or Armies of the United States is the legal name of the "land forces of the United States" and has been used in this context since at least 1841, as in the title: General Regulations for the Army of the United States.

The United States of America has seven federal uniformed services that commission officers as defined by Title 10, and subsequently structured and organized by Title 10, Title 14, Title 32 and Title 42 of the United States Code.

The Code of Laws of the United States of America is the official compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal statutes of the United States.

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As the largest and senior branch of the U.S. military, the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental Army, which was formed to fight the American Revolutionary War —before the U.S. was established as a country.

The American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence and the Revolutionary War in the United States, was the armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its North American colonies, which had declared themselves the independent United States of America.

The Continental Army was formed by the Second Continental Congress after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War by the colonies that became the United States of America.


After the Revolutionary War, the Congress of the Confederation created the United States Army on 3 June 1784, to replace the disbanded Continental Army.

The Congress of the Confederation, or the Confederation Congress, formally referred to as the United States in Congress Assembled, was the governing body of the United States of America that existed from March 1, 1781, to March 4, 1789.


The United States Army considers itself descended from the Continental Army, and dates its institutional inception from the origin of that armed force in 1775.


As a uniformed military service, the Army is part of the Department of the Army, which is one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense.

Military service is service by an individual or group in an army or other militia, whether as a chosen job or as a result of an involuntary draft.


The U.S. Army is headed by a civilian senior appointed civil servant, the Secretary of the Army, and by a chief military officer, the Chief of Staff of the Army who is also a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is a body of senior uniformed leaders in the United States Department of Defense who advise the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council on military matters.

The Chief of Army Staff or Chief of Staff of the Army is a title commonly used for the appointment held by the most senior officer in several nations' armies.


In the fiscal year 2017, the projected end strength for the Regular Army was 460,000 soldiers; the Army National Guard had 335,000 soldiers, and the United States Army Reserve had 195,000 soldiers; the combined-component strength of the U.S. Army was 990,000 soldiers.

A regular army is the official army of a state or country – contrasting with irregular forces such as volunteer irregular militias, private armies, mercenaries, etc. A regular army usually consists of:

The Army National Guard, in conjunction with the Air National Guard, is a militia force and a federal military reserve force of the United States.

Army Reserve is another term for a military reserve force and may refer to:


As a branch of the armed forces, the mission of the U.S. Army is "to fight and win our Nation's wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders."


The service participates in conflicts worldwide and is the major ground-based offensive and defensive force.

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