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June 14: U.S. Army celebrating 243rd Birthday

Eighth Army hosted the 243rd Army Birthday Ball June 1 at the SINTEX Convention Center in...
Eighth Army hosted the 243rd Army Birthday Ball June 1 at the SINTEX Convention Center in Hwaseong, South Korea. (Photo/US Army)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 14, 2018 at 10:53 AM CDT
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Happy birthday U.S. Army!

The Army is celebrating its 243rd birthday on June 14, commemorating the date in 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.

Today, the Army has about 467,000 active duty soldiers, with another 343,000 in the U.S. Army National Guard and 206,000 in the Army Reserves.

The Army's birthday is marked with celebrations, military balls and traditional cake cutting ceremonies held at military bases and communities across the country and at overseas installations.

This year's theme is "Over There! A Celebration of Army Heroes from WWI to Present Day."

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