OUR Army, by the numbers

The U.S. Army is celebrating its 243rd anniversary on June 14.


The U.S. Army is celebrating its 243rd anniversary on June 14, the same day as Flag Day. Here are a number of important figures and dates for the military branch.

1775: The year of the Second Continental Congress established a Continental Army.

“George Washington was unanimously elected Commander-In-Chief of the young Army, and he would lead the colonies to victory and independence,” the Military said online.

468,579: The total number of active duty military personnel” in the Army, according to the Defense Manpower Defense Center (DMDC). Of these, there are ten generals, 50 lieutenant-generals, 121 great generals, and 133 brigade-generals.

336,619: The size of the Army National Guard.

190,350: The number of people in the Army Reserve.

69,872: The amount of active duty women (including officers, enlisted ranks and cadets) in the Army.


June 14, 1956: The date on which the U.S. Army flag was dedicated and focus on the general public,” the Army says on its website.

November 11, 1956: The date of “The Army Goes Rolling” was the Army’s official song.

7: The number of core Army values. They are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

1: The Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper.

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