THE STRONGEST FORCE IN THE WORLD
The U.S. Army, a key component of the U.S. Armed Forces, is made up of the best-trained, most dedicated, most respected Soldiers in the world — protecting America’s freedoms at home and abroad, securing our homeland, and defending democracy worldwide.
A Soldier in the U.S. Army is the embodiment of physical strength, emotional strength and strength of purpose. As a Soldier, you will be prepared to serve our country whenever and wherever you are needed, combat-ready at all times, trained to counter any threat, anywhere.
Today, the U.S. Army is composed of over 675,000 Active Duty and Army Reserve Soldiers. See how this force is structured into units such as squads and divisions. And discover how many Soldiers serve in each of the many roles available.
Learn the difference between serving full time on Active Duty and part time in the Army Reserve. Depending on your service option or experience, you would be classified either as an Enlisted Soldier or Officer.
Training, Careers & Jobs
The Army prepares you to be your best. That includes expert training in any of over 150 careers. Learn about the unmatched training, job experience and career foundation you will get as a Soldier in the Army.
Vehicles & Equipment
You’ll be equipped with the world’s most advanced and powerful vehicles and equipment. Discover the mobility, firepower, and protection of our aircraft and fighting vehicles, and explore our high-tech gear.
As a Soldier, an Army Post is where you’ll live and train to be your best. See where Soldiers are calling home in the U.S. and around the world.
Ranks & Insignia
When Soldiers are in uniform, it’s easy to see their rank. Throughout your career, you will be encouraged to grow and rise in rank to become a leader. Learn what each rank and insignia looks like here.
The United States Army is a military organization, whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities ... in support of the National Security and Defense Strategies." It is the largest and oldest established branch of the armed forces of the United States and is one of seven uniformed services. Like all armies, it has the primary responsibility for land-based military operations. The modern Army has its roots in the Continental Army which was formed on June 14, 1775, before the establishment of the United States, to meet the demands of the American Revolutionary War. Congress created the United States Army on June 14, 1784 after the end of the war to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The Army considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army, and thus dates its inception from the origins of that force.
Control and operation of the Army is administered by the Department of the Army, one of the three service departments of the Department of Defense. The civilian head is the Secretary of the Army and the highest ranking military officer in the department is the Chief of Staff, unless the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are Army officers. As of October 31, 2008, the Regular Army reported a strength of just under 546,000 soldiers. The Army National Guard (ARNG) reported 350,000 and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) reported 189,000, putting the approximate combined component strength total around 1,085,000 soldiers.