June 14 marks the 240th birthday of the U.S. Army. Two hundred forty years ago, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic landpower of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries.
This year, we celebrate 240 years of selfless service to the nation. Selfless service is at the core of what it means to be a Soldier – putting the welfare of others ahead of oneself. The willingness of our Soldiers – to place themselves in harm’s way and to protect our nation’s freedoms – is what makes us the premier all-volunteer force. The Army has served proudly, faithfully, and selflessly for 240 years, and we remain steadfast in our commitment.
The Army continues to serve the United States with extraordinary Soldiers, Families and civilians, who display exceptional character in defense of our nation. The Soldiers of the Continental Army helped forge a bond with Americans built on duty and victory, which sustains our profession 240 years later. As we answer the nation’s call, we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our fight for freedom.
For more information and to take a quiz on how well you know the nation’s Army, visit www.army.mil/birthday/