Since the Army’s official birth on June 14, 1775 — more than a year before the Declaration of Independence — it has played a vital role in the growth and development of our 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. At times, the Army provided the lone symbol of nationhood around which patriots rallied.
The Army that helped win our independence looks a lot different today that it did back in the 18th century. On the Army’s 242nd birthday, created a series of four infographics that provide a snapshot of what today’s Army looks like from a statistical perspective. All our facts and stats are courtesy of the Defense Department.
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