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US Army celebrates its 243rd birthday today

A M1 Abrams tank from 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, fires a round during a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Mar 26, 2018. (U.S. Army/ Spc. Hubert D. Delany III)
June 14, 2018

On Thursday, June 14, the U.S. Army celebrated its 243rd birthday.

On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt troops in Boston and New York City, forming a force that would go on to become the United States Army.

The troops, under the leadership of George Washington, were adopted to fight in the American Revolutionary War.

The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States Armed Forces and performs land-based operations. Since its founding, the United States Army has become one of the most powerful fighting forces in the world.

The U.S. Army currently has nearly 500,000 active duty personnel, more than 300,000 in the Army National Guard and nearly 200,000 in the Army Reserve.