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Profile of the United States Army (2020)

September 29, 2020

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Since its founding by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on 14 June 1775, America’s Army has been an integral part of our nation. Formed from the volunteer militias that were the predecessors of today’s National Guard, the Army has served the nation continuously through war and peace, through hard times and prosperity, at home and abroad. Quite simply, the history of the Army is wholly intertwined with the history of our country.

This Profile of the United States Army is published by the Association of the U.S. Army as a user-friendly guide. It describes the structure and priorities of today’s Army, serving as a reference book for people familiar with America’s Army and an introduction for family members, civilian employees, contractors and future Soldiers.

This latest edition of Profile reflects an increased focus on the essential nature of the Army’s people and its families. It provides a comprehensive summary of Army operations around the world, contains pertinent information and helpful graphics on Soldiers and their uniforms, and describes the Army’s command structure and installations. It also features maps illustrating locations of current Army commands, corps and divisions, Army National Guard divisions and Army Reserve divisions and functional commands.

AUSA fully supports the Total Army—Regular Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Army civilians. We advocate for and offer educational programs that support Army veterans and retirees and the families and communities who stand behind them.

Profile of the United States Army, an integral part of this support, serves as a guide to the history and organization of the Army. We hope you find this to be a useful reference, and we welcome comments and suggestions on how to make future editions as useful and informative as possible. Please direct any feedback to [email protected].

In publishing this Profile, AUSA seeks to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of the people, families, institutions and organizations who strive to maintain the world’s greatest army.

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