Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The United States Army

Since its official birth on 14 June 1775-over a year before the Declaration of Independence-the United States Army has played a vital role in the growth and development of the American nation. Drawing on both long standing militia traditions and recently introduced professional standards, it won the new Republic's independence in an arduous eight year struggle against Great Britain. During the Civil War it preserved the Union through four years of bitter conflict that turned brother against brother. It has repeatedly defended the United States against external threats, from the "second war of independence" with Great Britain in 1812 through the ordeal that finally rid the world of the specters of Nazi totalitarianism, Japanese imperialism, and world communism. The defence of the nation has always been the Army's primary mission but not its only one. From the beginning the Army has been involved with internal improvements, natural disaster relief, economic assistance, domestic order, and a host of other contingencies. The United States Army takes great satisfaction in knowing that when the nation was in need, it answered the call!

No comments: