Branch Descriptions

Maneuver, Fires, & Effects (MFE)

Air Defense Artillery - The Air Defense Artillery protects military forces and geopolitical assets against the threat of aerial attack. As the most modern and technically advanced of the combat arms branches, it is uniquely postured to provide protection across the vast spectrum from peacekeeping to high intensity combat.

Armor - The Armor branch encompasses tank or combined arms organizations that close with and destroy the enemy by using fire, maneuver and shock effect, and cavalry organizations that perform reconnaissance, provide security and engage in the full spectrum of combat operations.

Aviation - Aviation is unique in that it is an arm and a service. Aviation combat missions include: attack, cavalry, air assault, special operations and air combat. Combat support missions include: communications, intelligence & electronic warfare, combat search and rescue and aerial mine warfare. Aviation officers are knowledgeable in employment, capabilities and planning considerations for each of these diverse missions.

Chemical Corps - The Chemical Corps branch is focused primarily on war fighting operations and training in support of nuclear, biological and chemical defense, smoke, flame employment, support of weapons of mass destruction, force and domestic protection programs. The Chemical Corps provides the Army with a highly trained corps of chemical experts to advise commanders and staffs at all levels in the Department of Defense and lead chemical units.

Engineers - The Corps of Engineers provides the Army and the nation with officers trained in providing essential support in a variety of forms. Engineers provide support to maneuver commanders, installations and the nation. In combat, they execute mobility, counter-mobility, survivability and topographic missions. As construction Engineers, they manage military construction for the Army and other Department of Defense agencies as well as directing water, flood control and natural resource development and the restoration of civil works programs throughout the nation.

Field Artillery - The Field Artillery branch is a combat arms branch that can deliver lethal, timely indirect fires to destroy, neutralize or suppress the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fire. Officers in F.A. lead soldiers and can coordinate fire support systems in support of joint and combined arms operations like air support, naval gunfire, attack helicopters, mortars and electronic warfare.

Infantry - The Infantry is the nucleus of the combat arms that forms the Army's fighting strength and is trained to deploy in low-to-high intensity conflicts. The Infantry arrives in the battle area by airborne, air assault, mechanized or on foot and can fight mounted (in vehicles) or dismounted (on foot) according to terrain conditions and mission requirements.

Military Police - The Military Police Corps is both an arm and a service, whose soldiers perform combat, combat support and combat service support operations. The Military Police is recognized for its unique mission capabilities, such as cross-cultural operations with great focus on security and safety, conflict resolution, and aggressive execution of combat operations against enemy forces during wartime, and law enforcement operations. MP missions are conducted both in peace and war throughout the full spectrum of Army operations.

Operations Support

Military Intelligence - The principal focus of Military Intelligence is to provide timely, relevant and accurate intelligence and electronic warfare support to commanders, thus permitting effective application of combat power. They collect current information on the enemy, weather and terrain and other pertinent factors in the area of operations. This information is used to predict the actions and intentions of the enemy, and the likely effects of terrain and weather on friendly and enemy forces.

Signal Corps - The Signal Corps can plan, install, integrate, operate and maintain the Army's strategic, operational and tactical communications infrastructure and voice and data information systems at all levels of command from combat to the sustaining base in support of war fighting missions. Information systems operation is integral to the command and control of Army and joint forces in every operation, and thus, is the essential element of information dominance on the modern battlefield.

Force Sustainment

Adjutant General - The Adjutant General Corps branch formulates policy for and directs the Army's military personnel system at all levels. Officers in the AG Corps command personnel detachments, service battalions, personnel commands (PERSCOM), postal and replacement companies, Army bands, reception battalions, recruiting and publication centers.

Finance Corps - The Finance Corps has the critical mission of sustaining Army, joint and multinational operations through acquisition and purchase of most types of supplies and services. Finance provides timely commercial vendor and contractual payments, banking and currency support, military pay support, non-U.S. pay support, travel payments, essential cost capturing and accounting information.

Ordnance - The Ordnance branch is a combat service support arms branch that supports the development, production, acquisition and sustainment of weapon systems and ammunition, missiles, electronics and ground mobility material during peace and war to provide combat power.

Quartermaster - The Quartermaster Corps provides logistics support to sustain victory. They provide combat readiness in the form of timely availability and proper functioning of material, resources and systems in a resource driven battlefield. The Quartermaster mission is to provide supply support, field services, aerial delivery support, material & distribution management and combat developments.

Transportation - The Transportation Corps is responsible for the worldwide movement of units, personnel, equipment and supplies in peace and war. This branch can move critical supplies rapidly, through an integrated global distribution system from the source to the combatant. The Transportation Corps will leverage technology and thrive on the digitized battlefield.

Health Services

Medical Service Corps - The Medical Corps, Army Nurse Corps, Army Dental Corps, Medical Service Corps, Army Medical Specialist Corps and Veterinary Corps comprise the Army Health Care Team. The Army Health Care Team serves hospitals and clinics as patient administrators and by providing patient care on the battlefield. Members of the Health Care Team can be physicians, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), nurses, veterinarians, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and physician assistants. The Medical Service Corps is essential to the health and well-being of Army personnel and their families.

Nurse Corps – The Army Nurse Corps works toward promoting the wellness of Warriors and their families, supporting the delivery of Warrior and family healthcare, and all those entrusted to our care and ultimately, positioning the Army Nurse Corps as a force multiplier for the future of military medicine.