Old Glory We Love The United States Army

"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country."

United States Army Charter

Army Seal
US Army Seal

The Army's fundamental purpose is to fight and win the Nation's wars by establishing conditions for lasting peace through land force dominance. This dominance is established through integration of the complementary capabilities of all the services. With this fundamental purpose in mind, the framers of the Constitution intended that armies were to be raised to "provide for the common defense" and, together with the Navy, to "repel invasion."

Throughout the formative years of the Nation, the Army responded on the frontiers, in the War of 1812, in the War with Mexico in fulfillment of this role. During the Civil War, the Army was called upon to support another clause of the Constitution, to "suppress insurrection." As the Nation became a colonial power following the Spanish-American War, the Army was called upon to secure and administer new territories.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

United States Army Values


Values. In the mid- to late 1990s, the Army officially adopted what have come to be known as "The 7 Army Values." The Army began to instill the values into soldiers. The seven army values are as follows:

1. Loyalty - Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers.

2. Duty - Fulfill your obligations, even if it calls for sacrifice.

3. Respect - Treat people as you would like to be treated.

4. Selfless Service - Sacrifice your welfare, and your life if need be, for that of the Republic, the Army, and your subordinates.

5. Honor - Live up to the code of a U.S. Army Soldier.

6. Integrity - Do what's right, legally and morally.

7. Personal Courage - Face danger, adversity or death with steadfast bravery.

The values were arranged to form the acronym LDRSHIP (leadership).

Army Special Forces

Destruction! The United States Army Special Forces —Special Forces or SF — is an elite Special Operations Force of the United States Army trained for unconventional warfare and special operations. The SF was founded in 1952 by Colonel Aaron Bank, and its members are popularly known as the "Green Berets", because of the unit's distinctive green beret headgear. Their official motto is De Oppresso Liber (Latin: "To free from oppression"), a reference to one of their primary missions to train and assist foreign indigenous forces.

Special Forces units are tasked with seven specific missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, combating terrorism, counter-proliferation, and information operations. Other duties include coalition warfare and support, combat search and rescue (CSAR), security assistance, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian de-mining and counter-drug operations.

Edson Raff, one of the first Special Forces officers, is credited with introducing the green beret,  which was originally unauthorized for wear by the U.S. Army. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy authorized them for use exclusively by the Special Forces. Preparing for an October 12 visit to the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the President sent word to the Center's commander, Brigadier General William P. Yarborough, for all Special Forces soldiers to wear the beret as part of the event. The President felt that since they had a special mission, Special Forces should have something to set them apart from the rest. In 1962, he called the green beret "a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom."

United States Army

Military Humor The American Army was created on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress first authorized the muster of troops to serve under its own authority. Those soldiers came from the provincial forces of the colonies, which were at that time laying siege to Boston. From its birth, the American Army has relied on the citizen soldier, exemplified by the militia and the Minutemen who fought the British at Lexington and Concord. Commanded by General George Washington and supported by our French allies, the Continental Army defeated the British at Yorktown and secured the freedoms so eloquently stated in the Declaration of Independence. Thus, the birth of the Army preceded and guaranteed the birth of the Nation.

US Army Organization & Recruiting

 Currently, the Army is divided into the Regular Army , the Army Reserve , and the United States National Guard . Prior to 1903 members of the National Guard were considered state soldiers unless federalized by the President. Since the Militia Act of 1903 all National Guard soldiers have held dual status: as National Guardsmen under the authority of the governor of their state and as a reserve of the U.S. Army under the authority of the President. Since the adoption of the total force policy , in the aftermath of the Vietnam War , reserve component soldiers have taken a more active role in U.S. military operations. Reserve and Guard units took part in the Gulf War , peacekeeping in Kosovo , and the 2003 invasion of Iraq .

Various State Defense Forces also exist, sometimes known as State Militias, which are sponsored by individual state governments and serve as an auxiliary to the National Guard. Except in times of extreme national emergency, such as a mainland invasion of the United States, State Militias are operated independently from the U.S. Army and are seen as state government agencies rather than a component of the military.