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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 14 of June, repeating indefinitely
The official birthday of the United States Army is June 14th, 1775. It’s easy to assume that this date implies the creation of a fully realized standing army, but the truth is that when the first shots were fired in the American Revolution, the troops involved in fighting the British could be compared to a guerrilla force; colonists from a variety of militias in the area banded together to fight the “Redcoats”.
The U.S. Army operates with close to half a million active-duty soldiers, according to a 2016 Army demographics report; the service has come a long way since it was created approximately a year prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.