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US Army by the numbers

The U.S. Army will celebrate its 242nd birthday on June 14, the same day as Flag Day. Here are some important figures and dates for the military branch. 

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

"George Washington was unanimously elected Commander-In-Chief of the fledgling Army, and he would lead the colonies to victory and independence," the Army says online

463,985: The total number of active duty soldiers as of April 2017, according to the Defense Manpower Defense Center (DMDC). The figure includes officers (89,715), those in the enlisted ranks (369,686), and cadets (4,402). 

341,611: The size of the Army National Guard as of April. 

198,442: The number of soldiers in the Army Reserve (as of April 2017). 

68,427: The amount of active duty women (officers, enlisted ranks and cadets) in the Army as of April. 

66,372: The number of active duty Army soldiers overseas as of December 2016, according to figures prepared by the DMDC in February of this year. 


392,236: The amount of active duty Army soldiers in the United States as of December 2016, according to the same DMDC report.

$146.9 billion: The budget enacted for the Army for fiscal year 2016, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). 

June 14, 1956: The date the U.S. Army flag "was dedicated and unfurled to the general public," the Army says on their website.

November 11, 1956: The date when "The Army Goes Rolling Along" was made 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 acting Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer.