4, 1776, but the Army is actually the country’s “big brother.” Which makes sense, considering the Continental Army of 1775 — led by future President George Washington — needed to start beating the British in the colonies so Thomas Jefferson could finally get some time to write.
Even though the US Army started off as a rag tag militia it has now evolved into the most efficient fighting force in the free world.
The original militia of the now United States was no match for the superior organized British Army but the Guerilla tactics that they began to employ saved the day. The other saving factor was that it was virtually impossible for the British Government to maintain control of a rebellious nation from across the Atlantic Ocean.
The militias were rag tag forces and had no real command structure. I believe that the British Army probably found it hard to take them seriously since the British troops were highly organized and battle tested.
The biggest flaw of a large organized military is that it is rather rigid in the way that it operates or does business. Large Armies have to have a very tight structure in order to maintain discipline. Guerilla forces enjoy victories over these larger armies when they know exactly how they will react to a given situation. They are trained to react the same way all of the time which makes them totally predictable.
In the spring of 1775 colonists wanted to attack the British near Boston but knew they needed more structure to confront the professional soldiers on the other side. That’s where the official birth of the Army came in, on June 14, 1775, through a resolution from the Continental Congress.
The next day, George Washington was appointed as commander-in-chief of the new Army, and took command of his troops in Boston on July 3, 1775.
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