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U.S. Army's 241st Birthday

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What is it?

On June 14, 1775, the nation’s leaders established the Continental Army. This year the Army celebrates its 241st birthday honoring the American Soldier as part of the Army Total Force. The Army birthday focuses on The American Soldier – Always Ready, Always Leading.

The Army is the strategic land power of the joint force and the Soldiers are trained and ready to engage the nation’s enemies in conventional, asymmetrical, or full spectrum combat operations. The Army’s number one priority is combat readiness.

What has the Army done?

The American Soldier -

  • Has the opportunity to serve in any occupational specialty based on individual capabilities and Army needs.
  • Trains, deploys, engages, and destroys enemies of the United States in combat operations as the world’s premier land force.
  • Serves as the cornerstone of the Army Profession and maintains the trust and confidence of the American people while adding to the Army’s 241 years of selfless service.
  • Is part of a Total Force of worldwide professionals from all walks of life.
  • Is always ready to deploy, fight and win in a complex world.
  • Understands the importance of readiness and resilience. Leaders take care of others, foster an environment of trust, and ensure Soldiers, Army Civilians, and Families treat themselves and others with dignity and respect.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

American Soldiers are Soldiers for Life. The Army will continue to support fellow Soldiers in educational, credentialing and healthcare services while in uniform and stay connected after service to ensure Soldiers remain aware of available Army programs, services, and resources. Soldiers will remain invaluable members of civilian communities, and bring with them attributes that make them great leaders, professionals, and team members in any organization.

Why is this important to the Army?

Commemorating the Army’s birthday provides an opportunity to celebrate its rich history with fellow Soldiers and look toward the future of the nation. Selfless service by Soldiers, Civilians, and Families keeps the nation ready today and prepared for tomorrow.

Professional Soldiers have led the way for 241 years and will continue to lead in protecting the nation and in making the world’s best Army even better.


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