The U.S Army Birthday is a day for the Army, soldiers, veterans and their families to celebrate the day on which the first United States Army was formed – the Continental Army. This day falls on June 14th and is celebrated on an annual basis. It’s a celebration that’s been observed since the 1970s to acknowledge the vital contributions of its members and to develop enhance the esprit de corps.
History of the United States Army
The United States Army can trace its roots back to 1775. This is when the Congress of the United States established the First Continental Army on June 14, 1775. This army was created because there was a severe need for professionally trained soldiers to combat the British. Before its creation, most of the fighting was done by colonial militias – which were made up of mostly farmers who soldiered on a part-time basis. The original order from Congress allowed for 10 companies of riflemen to be created. Two days later, an Adjutant General’s Corps; Corps of Engineers; Finance Corps and Quartermaster Corps were created. However, a first full regiment of Regular Army Infantry wouldn’t be formed until June of 1784. This initial Regular Army Infantry was called the 3rd Infantry Regiment.
History of the U.S Army Birthday
While some form of celebration has been done over the years for the U.S Army’s Birthday, for the most part the recognition of the professionals of this armed force was confined to its officers. However, after the Vietnam War, the status of professional was extended to include all non-commissioned officers, warrant officers and Army civilians as well. This was done through Army General Orders, No. 19, issued on October 31, 1978. This officially recognized U.S Army Birthday and extended professional status to everyone in the United States Army.
Facts About the United States Army
- Twenty-four U.S Presidents served in the United States Army
- George Washington chose the colors of the modern U.S Army uniform
- The U.S Army is older than the United States
- Over the past 10 years, Green Berets have been deployed in over 135 countries worldwide
- The U.S Army is the second largest employer in the U.S
- In 2011, the U.S Army estimated it used 1 billion gallons of gasoline
Celebrating U.S Army Birthday
The U.S Army’s Birthday is celebrated in numerous ways. Usually there are balls and parties in the Washington, DC area for members of the Army – including NCOs, officers and Army civilians. There is also a wreath laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia. There also may be cake cutting and other official ceremonies done on this day as well.