U.S. Army

United States Army

The United States Army is the land service branch of the United States Armed Forces. As the oldest and most senior branch of the U.S. military in order of precedence, the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental Army, which was formed in 1775 to fight the American Revolutionary War ~ before the United States of America was established as a country.

The army was initially led by men who had served in the British Army or colonial militias and who brought much of British military heritage with them.

After the war, the Continental Army was disbanded as a reflection of the general distrust of standing armies. However a regiment was retained to guard the Western Frontier and one battery of artillery guarding West Point's arsenal. This Regular Army was reorganized in 1791 as the Legion of the United States and renamed the United States Army in 1796. The Army has served as the lead ground force in every conflict since.