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An army (from Latin arma "arms, weapons" via Old French armée, "armed" (feminine)) or ground force is a fighting force that fights primarily on land. In the broadest sense, it is the land-based military branch, service branch or armed service of a nation or state. It may also include other branches of the military such as the air force via means of aviation corps. Within a national military force, the word army may also mean a field army. They differ from army reserves who are activated only during such times as war or natural disasters.
In several countries, the army is officially called the Land Army to differentiate it from an air force called the Air Army, notably France. In such countries, the word "army" on its own retains its connotation of a land force in common usage. The current largest army in the world, by number of active troops, is the People's Liberation Army of China with 2,250,000 active troops and 800,000 reserve personnel followed by the Indian Army with 1,129,000 active troops and 2,142,900 reserve personnel.
By convention, irregular military is understood in contrast to regular armies which grew slowly from personal bodyguards or elite militia. Regular in this case refers to standardized doctrines, uniforms, organizations, etc. Regular military can also refer to full-time status (standing army), versus reserve or part-time personnel. Other distinctions may separate statutory forces (established under laws such as the National Defence Act), from de facto "non-statutory" forces such as some guerrilla and revolutionary armies. Armies may also be expeditionary (designed for overseas or international deployment) or fencible (designed for – or restricted to – homeland defence).

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  1. RicInOR

    Was Army National Guard, Now ARMY National Guard

    National Guard Ditches Iconic Minute Man, Gun Logo :: Woodpile Report
  2. B

    Ruger Old Army .45

    Black powder Ruger Old Army cap & ball pistol. Needs a good scrubbing and is missing the nipples. Some light surface rust, but it functions fine. the bore is good. This a steal at $340. Call Bruce Reynolds at 503-569-3657 (cell) I have an FFL and can do the background check.
  3. james83

    My fathers and Grandfathers British army ww2 and suez stuff

    deleted by request of relative.
  4. Joe Link

    National  GOP lawmakers push to allow guns on US Army Corps of Engineers sites

    GOP lawmakers push to allow guns on US Army Corps of Engineers sites
  5. Reaper1911

    Let's see some Clones you built!!!

    Being a disabled Marine and loving the firearms community since I was little one of my best memories is when I was building guns so now that I'm out I decided to start building military clones to the closest Spec I possibly can using all the same parts as the federal government except for three...
  6. B

    Ruger Old Army

    Ruger Old Army 45 cal. black powder only. Missing nipples and needs a good scrubbing. The action functions well. Adjustable sights, some light surface rust. 45 Long Colt conversion cylinder available on line. $375 or make reasonable offer. Comes with Western style holster. BHruce Reynolds, Salem...
  7. Honor

    The Army has selected 6.8mm as the new common round for both its SAW and M4 replacement

    Have you guys seen this? The Army’s SAW and M4 replacements will both fire this more accurate and deadly round Is it the 6.8SPC?
  8. that guy

    Army might have found its new rifle in Colorado Springs garage

    First I’ve heard of this. Wonder if it works. How does it auto load? Army might have found its new rifle in Colorado Springs garage
  9. Hal OPeridol

    US Army .38 Colt

    Picked this rig up at J&G in Bothel a couple years ago.
  10. CountryGent

    Classic Imperial British Revolvers: the Webley WG Army and Target

    I have always had an interest in Webley and Enfield revolvers, so I found this video interesting. I thought I would pass it along for others to enjoy. Cheers. :)
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