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army

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

    Army Pistol (new) M17

    I thought we had a thread on this, but I can't seem to find it. Ok to merge if you do. https://nypost.com/2017/12/14/this-is-the-the-us-armys-newest-pistol/ U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division Nice timing on the photo too. The Army has begun fielding the...
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    Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm 122 gr. or 124 gr. FMJ 20 Rnds - $4.19 (Free S/H No Min)

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    Military Tactical Assault Pack Backpack Army Molle Bug Out Bag Tan - $34.99 + Free SH

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    Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm FMJ 20 Rnds - $3.99 shipped

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  5. CountryGent

    National  Vintage Guns Coming to CMP

    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (HR2810) that is headed to Trump's desk includes an amendment that will release M1 Garands, M1911A1s, and .22 training rifles. News here. Cheers.
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    Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm FMJ 20 Rnds - $4.49

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    SDS Official US Military MOLLE II Army ACU Tactical Vest Carrier - $8.99 shipped

    SDS Official US Military MOLLE II Army ACU FLC Fighting Tactical Assault Vest Carrier - $8.99 shipped
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    Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm FMJ 20 Rnds - $4.49

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    AGPtek Tactical Army Black Pistol/Gun Drop Leg Thigh Holster - $9.99 + FS over $25

    AGPtek Tactical Army Black Pistol/Gun Drop Leg Thigh Holster - $9.99 + Free S/H over $25
  10. U

    Why is China providing free guns to the Philippines Army to fight Muslim insurgents?

    President Duarte of the Philippines is becoming closer and closer to China. What implications could this have for security in Asia? China just agreed to make an emergency free donation of new rifles to the Philippines Army, in order to help that nation battle Muslim insurgents. Why is China...
  11. RicInOR

    Army - Replace the M4 ?

    Popular Mechanics - Three Rifles That Could Replace the Army's M4A1 Carbine ... or not Or is it a new season and therefore time to re-hash. Three Rifles That Could Replace the Army's M4A1 Carbine My gut says no. Just because something is about 60 doesn't' mean you toss it away;) If you...
  12. RicInOR

    Army Sidearms - Thru History - PM

    The 240-Year Evolution of the Army Sidearm THE 240-YEAR EVOLUTION OF THE ARMY SIDEARM The weapons that won a revolution and defended a republic.
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  14. K

    WTS/WTT WA  Army gear

    Kevlar helmet with cover rucksack for sell. 100 for both.
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    Red Army Standard 7.62X39mm 122 Gr. FMJ/HP 20 Rnds - $4.49

    Red Army Standard 7.62X39mm 122 Gr. FMJ/HP 20 Rnds - $4.49 (Free S/H over $99 w/code "47FREE")