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The United States Army is an elite fighting force known around the world for producing the finest soldiers through intense, superior training. Exceptional personnel and first rate equipment work together to provide exemplary protection for Americans and to secure the United States’ interests around the world.

The US Army is the largest branch of the military in the United States. Soldiers in the US Army carry the primary responsibility for most military land-based operations, and it is considered by many to be the most powerful branch of the United States military. With nearly a half a million soldiers serving on active duty, a generous budget and vast fleet of the most technologically advanced equipment that exists, this is no surprise.

The US Army’s foundation can be traced back to 1775 with the formation of the Continental Army. This organization was established before the United States had officially become a sovereign nation by Congress that was in control at that time to meet the needs of the American Revolutionary War that was currently underway. After the Revolutionary War ended in 1784, Congress formed the United States Army to replace the Continental Army. Traditionally, the birth of the US Army is considered to be in 1775 when the Continental Army was established.

The Army consists of three main elements: Active Duty (regular army), the Army National Guard, and The Army Reserves (both of which are reserve components). Both National Guard and the Reserves are comprised of part-time soldiers. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers attend basic training just like Active Duty personnel, but they then return to their civilian lifestyle and careers. Their units assemble to train one weekend a month throughout the year as well as for an annual training exercise. This option allows those who do not want to give up their previous lifestyles to serve in the Army while simultaneously continuing their civilian lifestyle.

Regardless of their job specialty once in the US Army, each serviceman or woman is a Soldier first. Soldiers who enlist in the United States Army display the utmost physical and emotional strength. They fulfill service to our country by being ready for combat or other missions wherever they are needed at a second’s notice. US Army soldiers are prepared at all times, and have a strong sense of purpose that enables them to perform at the highest levels possible.

Today, the Army has bases and facilities all over the world, and they enjoy a stellar reputation as a premier fighting force.

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