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Department of the Army

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Agency overview


To defend the nation and its interests by providing expeditionary land forces wherever and whenever they are required. The Army's strategic function is to provide trained and ready forces to support the combatant commanders.

Current initiatives

  • Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) to secure Army installations with energy that is clean, reliable and affordable
  • Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP) to eliminate sexual harassment and assault and foster climates of dignity and respect
  • Ready and Resilient Campaign to sustain a supportive environment that enhances the resiliency of Soldiers, Army civilians and family members and fosters total unit readiness


The Army is one of the three military departments that reports to the Department of Defense. It is divided into two distinct components: the active component and the reserve component, comprised of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. A sample of Army’s offices are listed below, but be sure to check out their organizational structure to learn more about all offices and subcomponents.

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