March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory
We’re the Army and proud of our name
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim
First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.
Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on it’s way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (Two! Three!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.
Happy birthday, U.S. Army! On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the United Colonies to enlist riflemen for a year, starting a long, proud history that changed how wars were fought.
According to quora.com and the Department of Veterans Affairs, roughly 57 million have donned the uniform, sworn the oath and served in the Army. Of that number, nearly 42 million have served during a conflict.
It’s a long standing tradition and I have friends who can trace their family’s military lineage to the American Revolution.
Women were allowed to joint the Women’s Army Corps, or WAC, in 1943, but women have served in every war since the American Revolution.
The original Army song was “The Caissons go rolling along” but was modified to “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”
The website besstlifeonline.com has some interesting facts about the Army.
- The Army is older than the country by a year.
- The Army pioneered modern guerilla warfare — thanks to the Swamp Fox, General Francis Marion. Mel Gibson’s movie “The Patriot” is based on the South Carolina legend.
- The first submarine was used by the Army. . .in the Revolutionary War. Known as the Turtle, it used hand controls and foot pedals. It also failed to sink a British vessel off Governor’s Island in New York City.
If you are thinking about enlisting, that’s great! There are about 150 jobs to choose from if you go active duty. While some, like infantry, aviation, and other such jobs are a given, there are also jobs in arts and media. Multi-media illustrator, band, and public affairs offer something for the creative types.
Read what else is celebrated in June, here.
But, if you aren’t up to enlisting, that’s okay, too. Have some cake–if you have a sword, use the sword to cut it! And celebrate our original fighting force!