Happy Birthday, Army! You Don’t Look A Day Older Than 247

Pleased 247th birthday to the USA Military. Hooah!

The U.S. Military was based June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress approved enlistment of skilled riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one yr.

America’s Revolutionary Conflict had begun two months earlier than, on April 19, 1775, with exchanges of musket hearth between British regulars and Massachusetts militiamen at Lexington and Harmony.

When the delegates to the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia on Might 10, they realized that armed males commanded by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the British forts at Ticonderoga and Crown Level on Lake Champlain in New York, notes the U.S. Military Middle of Navy Historical past.

The Congress took the subsequent step, reworking an area revolt in New England right into a conflict for independence when it established the Continental Military — the pressure we all know as we speak because the U.S. Military.

On June 14, 1775, Congress “Resolved, That six firms of skilled riflemen, be instantly raised in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia … [and] as quickly as accomplished, shall march and be a part of the military close to Boston, to be there employed as mild infantry, below the command of the chief Officer in that military.”

The delegates then prescribed an oath of enlistment that required the troopers to swear:

“I’ve, this present day, voluntarily enlisted myself, as a soldier, within the American continental military, for one yr, until sooner discharged: And I do bind myself to evolve, in all cases, to such guidelines and rules, as are, or shall be, established for the federal government of the stated. Military.”

So, joyful birthday U.S. Military, and thanks to all troopers, previous and current, who’ve answered the decision to defend America’s freedom.

Initially revealed by Military Instances, our sister publication.