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THE U.S. ARMY
US Army

In early Colonial America, the colonists employed a militia system wherein men served when called, using their own weapons. This was a useful police force, but a lack of unity and formal military training made it an insufficient fighting force.

In the spring of 1775, fighting began in Boston between the colonists and the English.  The 2nd Continental Congress decided that an Army was needed, and formed a basic group of 10 companies of riflemen. 

On the 14th of June 1775, the US Army was created, led by George Washington. Washington realized that the perseverance of the Army would raise a unified national morale. In Valley Forge, during the brutal winter of 1777-78, Washington’s army was trained by a Prussian soldier of fortune, Major General Friederich Wilhelm von Steuben.

The Army continued its success and became indispensable. Washington requested that all men ages 18-50 be available for service if needed, and that young males have the opportunity to enlist for full time service.

It wasn’t until 1787 that a permanent Army and Navy was instituted, and included in the Constitution. The Army serves in wars and in domestic events such as natural disaster relief.  To this day, all males 18 years of age must register for service at their local post office.
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