On June 14, 2005, we proudly celebrate the United States Army's 230th Birthday. For 230 years, the Nation has entrusted the Army with preserving its peace and freedom, and defending its democracy. Since 1775, American Soldiers have answered the call to duty. They are imbued with the ideals of the Warrior Ethos and motivated by an unwavering belief that they will be victorious. (Message)
Francis J. Harvey, Secretary of the Army
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Chief of Staff of the Army
Kenneth O. Preston, Sergeant Major of the Army
FM 1: THE ARMY
Today, June 14, 2005, marks the Army's 230th birthday. In recognition of this day, the Army published FM 1: The Army.
FM 1 is one of the Army's two capstone doctrinal manuals; the other is FM 3-0, Operations. FM 1 states what the Army is, what the Army does, how the Army does it, and where the Army is going. It establishes the Army's operational concept and other fundamental principles for employing landpower in support of the National Security, National Defense, and the National Military Strategies. FM 1 is also the Army Chief of Staff's vision for the Army.
FM 1 was rewritten to ensure that the Army doctrine captures the realities of the new security environment, and to ensure that the doctrine reflects new organizations, based on current Army transformation efforts.
In the foreword of the document, Gen. Schoomaker highlights four key elements of FM 1.
1. FM 1 establishes the fundamental principles for employing Landpower; most importantly the Army's operational concept and the fundamentals that support it.
2. FM 1 describes the American profession of arms, the Army's place in it, and what it means to be a professional Soldier.
3. FM 1 discusses Army contributions to the joint force.
4. FM 1 talks about Soldiers, the centerpiece of all Army organizations.
Over the next four days, Stand-To will feature details of each of the four key elements as outlined by Gen. Schoomaker.
The entire document can be found online at www.army.mil/fm1.
The theme for the Army's 230th Birthday celebration is "Call to Duty: 230 Years of Service to Our Nation."
More information on the Army Birthday can be found at www.army.mil/birthday/230. The site includes a message from the senior Army leadership, a video birthday message from Gen. Schoomaker, and links to downloadable birthday logos. You can also find Army Birthday celebration events that are taking place in your area.
June 16, 2005
The Military Channel will air a three-part special "Best Ranger" competition from 8 - 11 p.m. EDT. (Story)