1. Ostensibly for 'defense'. An Army is a device used by governments to enforce their will over people by killing some of them or, through deft command, just by threatening to kill some of them.
2. Often refers specifically to the ground based component of a large military force, tasked with killing people in close combat and directly enforcing a governments will on those people. Rather than doing such remotely, by air or sea.
3. It often refers specifically to the military force of the dominant world power, since they are the most likely to find it necessary to kill people in places where that government does not directly rule, in order to enforce its indirect rule.
4. The least politically advantageous component of the military for a government to use. This is due to the proximity of the army personnel to the people they are with tasked killing. Jet planes aren't put at risk by sticks and stones.
1. The numbers don't lie. Military forces tend to kill a great deal more of the people of the country they are tasked with 'defending' than foreign invaders. See Native Americans
2. 655,000, that's the number of civilian deaths in Iraq up to 10/11/2006. Or you can trust the more pleasing estimates - the most conservative of which puts civilian deaths at about 64 per day since the war began.
are two popular non-war actions, but there are about 250 documented military actions by US soldiers abroad, not involving a declared war. These involve just about every nation in Central America, producing oil or the natural resource du jour.
1 was pure evil, but at least he knew to keep the Army out of Iraq. Bush 2 isn't any more evil than his dad, but he sure is a dumbass."
An often under appreciatted branch of the miltary since the official seperation of the Marines from the Navy. A more stable fighting force then the Marines. Marines strike and go,whereas the Army gains and keeps control of the areas that have been weakened by the military.
First we weaken the area with an attack by Marines, next we send the Army to hold the ground.
1. A large body of people organized and trained for land warfare.
2. A tactical and administrative military unit consisting of a headquarters, two or more corps, and auxiliary forces.
3. Where Marines are trained to use Armor, the Air Force and Navy received their start in aviation, and the professional soldiers that not only take and control tactical positions on the modern battlefield, but maintain these positions under severe and adverse conditions.
Often mocked by Marines (bullet sponges), Navy (squids), and Airforce (too many silly names to list). Rivalry is encouraged among the different branches of the military, as a way to buid "espres de corp".
As a side note, the Army trains the only Cavalry Units in the modern US Military, and as any Scout will tell you: "If you ain't CAV, you ain't SHIT".
I joined the Army to learn valuable skills in anticipation of putting myself through college with the Montgomery GI Bill. That's why I learned to drive Bradleys, fire crew-served weapons, call for Arty, and use C4 on bridges.
What the hell was I thinking? Only Cops in LA need those skills.
The largest branch of most modern militaries, including the United States Army.
After high school, James joined the Army.
A fine branch of the U.S. Armed Forces despite all the hype over Marines being the "best". What most people fail to realize is that the Army is a much bigger organization with a lot of non-combat roles that need to be filled, much more so than the Corps which is more of a combat role in-itself. This means that Army bootcamp varies on what MOS you want. An infantryman is going to have a more grueling bootcamp than a computer technician. This is what makes the Army so great is it's wide range of occupations for both combat and non-combat. Don't think for a moment that this means the Army is "weak" compared to Marines, some of the most decorated combat units have come from the Army (101st and 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav Division, 3rd Infantry Division, and the 10th Mountain just to name a few). Plus everyone knows Rangers and Green Berets kick so much ass.
When it comes to the actual fighting units, both branches are pretty much the same: An infantry grunt is an infantry grunt, an armor crewman is an armor crewman. The only real difference between the two is Marines conduct amphibious assaults while the Army has airborne soldiers
Just remember the Army recruits to maintain a large force with combat arms AND a support element. Marines recruit to maintain a smaller force which emphasizes more on combat arms regardless of MOS ( "every Marine is a rifleman"). Both are great branches serving a great nation.
Marine: You joined the ARMY!? Why? Marines are where the real men are!
Soldier: I don't see Marines jumping out of planes into enemy territory ;)
The largest and arguably the most powerful ground-based unit in the US military + World.
Their operation is very wide-ranged - from basic infantry to specialized infantry to Armor, such as the 75th Ranger
Regiment, the Green Berets, and the 1st Armor Division.
Asides from ground operations, the Army is also varied by their involvment with sea and air. The Army (aviation) has more aircraft, though mostly helicopters, than the Airforce; and the Army has more boat/ships than the navy. And hell, the Army has more ground forces than the Marines. This explains the outnumbering of casualties in iraq over the other branches - Army does a hell of a lot more in Iraq.
The Army also acts a school for many different branches of the military. Marines take part in airborne school, air assault, ranger school, armor center, and etc. Army, seen in iraq, are sometimes attached to Marine units for support. The US Army has been actively been training the newly assembled Iraqi Army.
We get deployed. And keeping the 7 army values in heart, I do my job in the most efficient manner. I engage in my tasks, with only one thing in mind - warrior ethos. I come back home, and I am reward from the sweet taste of freedom. HOOAH!
Paul R Smith, a soldier in the US Army, was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest valor in the US which is approved by the president, for his incredible display of Army values in the War of Iraq.
Military organization whose Garry Owen Battalion had to save Marines' asses in Iraq.
Marines believed too much into their own myth, got in trouble, and the Army artillery had to pull them out of trouble
A fun game where the guy salutes and the girl blows the hell out of him.
After dinner you wanna go over to my place and play army?