The United States Army stands as the pride of this country and the envy of the world. This month marks its 232nd birthday.
On June 14, 1775, an all-volunteer force of colonialists banded together to battle the tyranny of a king across the sea and to secure a democratic republic. Today, an all-volunteer force fights in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world to protect our freedoms and security here at home.
In between, the men and women of the U.S. Army fought throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and on our own soil. Whenever their country has called them, they have responded. Now, after the most devastating attack ever on American soil has plunged us into a War on Terror, the Army yet again answered the call, with bravery and dedication.
As Americans continue to volunteer to wear their country's uniform, more seasoned soldiers who already know combat are electing to stay in the Army as well. For fiscal year 2006 - covering the period from October 2005 through September 2006 - the Army exceeded its retention goals for every rank of soldier and every specialty of service. The Army Reserve and National Guard also surpassed their targeted goals.