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The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.

-- Sir William Francis Butler


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All other organizations larger than a Corps are generically termed ?Army?. ?An Army has three levels, all dependent upon the size and scope of the conflict. ?These levels are a ?Theater Army?, a ?Field Army?, and an ?Army Group?. ?An Army is normally commanded by a Lieutenant General (0-9) or ?full? General (0-10) and assisted by a Command Sergeant Major (E-9) and a large staff. ?There are currently three standing Armies ? the First, Third and Fifth U.S. Army. ??A Theater Army is the ranking Army component in a unified command, and it has operational and support responsibilities that are assigned by the theater commander. ?The theater commander and Theater Army Commander may order formation of a Field Army to direct operations of assigned Corps and Divisions. ?An Army Group, composed of two or more Field Armies under a designated commander, is the largest tactical formation used in combat operations. ?However, formations of this type have not been employed since World War II. ??(General Schwartzkopf commanded a Field Army during Operation Desert Storm; during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Corps was the largest Army organization employed.)
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