Join the celebration of the U.S. Army Birthday on June 14 as we remember its creation in 1775. The army originally consisted of volunteer soldiers with roots to the Continental Army — and was formed to fight the Revolutionary War. Today, as the largest branch of the U.S. military, the proud men and women of the U.S. Army continue to provide peace and security for all of us.
Army Birthday timeline
The Manhattan Project commenced
Army engineers joined with civilian scientists to create two atomic bombs.
The Selective Service Act passed
The Act quickly passed through Congress. The U.S. has drafted approximately 4 million Americans.
The First U.S. military academy was established
Congress established the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
- June 15, 1775
The Continental Army selected George Washington as its leader
The Army named George Washington as general and commander-in-chief. His mission? To fight against enemy forces in large formations using small ambush tactics.
- June 14, 1775
Congress established the Continental Army
Congress approved the raising of 10 companies of riflemen to enlist in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia until the end of the Revolutionary War.
How to Observe Army Birthday
Have a party
The Army Birthday is a celebration! Enjoy food and drinks with family and friends and honor the men and women who have served America.
Learn the story of the Unknown Soldier.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington, Virginia, is one of the most famous monuments in the U.S. Learn about its history and honor its importance.
Just say “hello”
You might know one or two of the 20.4 million living U.S. veterans. Even if you don't, take the opportunity to seek out a veteran and offer gratitude for their service.
5 Fascinating Army Facts
The Army is older than the country it serves
The Army originally formed to fight the Revolutionary War.
The Army is even bigger than you think
If the Army were a city, it would be the 10th largest in the nation. Just over 1 million soldiers are currently serving in the Army.
More presidents served in the Army than any other military branch
Of the 45 men who have served as president, 31 had military service. Two dozen of them served in the Army, or in state militias (our modern-day National Guard).
The Army owns enough land to be a country
Soldiers serve at 158 installations around the world, covering approximately 24,000 square miles. If it were a state, The Army would be larger than Hawaii and Massachusetts combined.
The Army is America’s second-largest employer
The Army maintains more than 1 million active-duty and reserve soldiers. Only Walmart, with 2.2 million employees, is larger.
Why Army Birthday is Important
It celebrates those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice
Celebrating the Army Birthday honors those Americans in uniform who serve their country in times of war and peace.
It recognizes both past and present members
The Army has had over 57 million service members in its history — including over 1.2 million active service members and over 800,000 reserves.
It recognizes all American veterans
There were around 20.4 million living U.S. veterans in 2016, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Recognizing the Army Birthday celebrates all of America’s military members.