Army Reserve and National Guard
Army Reserve seal

The Army Reserve continues to be aligned into a functional command structure, with the majority of units now assigned to operational and functional commands.


Soldiers in Army Service Uniforms

The new Army Service Uniform (ASU) is adopted for wear, and must be worn Army-wide as mandatory dress by October 2015. It is intended to replace the existing green and white uniforms with a new "dress blue" version.

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Ready and Resilient
Soldiers in Army Service Uniforms

The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill approves an expansion of benefits for military veterans serving since Sept. 11, 2001. They are eligible for additional education tuition assistance, as well as a housing allowance.

Jan. 1

Soldiers fighting a fire

Logistics is established as a basic branch of the Army, pursuant to the authority of Section 3063(a)(13), Title 10, United States Code.

Feb. 27

Cover of FM-3-0 Manual

FM 3-0, Operations, is revised. This is the first major revision to the operations manual since June 14, 2001.

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Violence in Iraq is reportedly curtailed by 40-80 percent, according to a Pentagon report.

Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble

March 3

Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the Korean War, on Oct. 20, 1951.

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Specialist Monica Brown


Spc. Monica L. Brown becomes the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the United States' third-highest medal for valor.

Medal of Honor recipient Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis

June 2

Pvt. 1st Class Ross A. McGinnis is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom, on Dec. 4, 2006.

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A suicide bomber attacks the Indian Embassy in Kabul, killing 50 people. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai blames Pakistani Intelligence, who deny participation.

Aug. 4

32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General Peter W. Chiarelli

Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli becomes the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, replacing Gen. Richard A. Cody.


President George W. Bush addressing the nation

President George W. Bush authorizes an additional 4,500 troops for operations in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon Memorial

Sept. 11

The Pentagon Memorial is opened to the public. It is a permanent outdoor memorial to the 184 men and women who lost their lives during the 2001 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

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Oct. 1

Soldiers marching in training

Basic Combat Training increases from nine to 10 weeks.

Sun rising over building in Iraq


The U.S. signs a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq. The agreement calls for all U.S. forces to be out of Iraqi cities by the end of 2009, and out of the country by 2011.

Nov. 6

Cover of FM-3-07 Manual

FM 3-07, Stability Operations, is released as a doctrine designed as a road map from conflict to peace.

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Nov. 14

General Ann E. Dunwoody

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody becomes the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general.

Dec. 12

Cover of FM-7-0 Manual

FM 7-0, Training Units and Developing Leaders for Full Spectrum Operations, is released. This is the first time the Army has synchronized the manuals for operations and training.

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2008 Year in Photos