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NOTE: This article is about the U.S. Army faction in ArmA: Armed Assault, ArmA 2: OA and ArmA 3. For the United States (U.S.) faction in ArmA: CWA, see United States of America.


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U.S. Army flag

The United States Army (or simply U.S. Army) is a BLUFOR faction that has made appearances in almost every main game in the ArmA series to date, beginning with ArmA: Cold War Assault, to ArmA: Armed Assault, ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, and all the way up to ArmA 3.

Overview

« This We'll defend.
U.S. Army motto
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Background

The U.S. Army is the primary land force branch of the U.S. military.

Like its Marine counterpart, the U.S. Army is consistently one of the most technologically advanced factions throughout the entire ArmA series regardless of the era. Only the Russian military and Mediterranean/Pacific CSAT forces come close to being able to challenge it as peer factions.


ArmA: Cold War Assault

In ArmA: Cold War Assault, the U.S. forces based on Everon and Malden formed the vanguard of NATO's presence in the region. They served as a bulwark against the backdrop of then-Colonel (later General) Aleksei Guba's Soviet contingent.

They primarily operated out of their main base on Malden, and covertly assisted the partisans on Nogova during its occupation by Soviet forces.

At this time, notable members included Colonel Blake, the commander of all American forces in the region, David Armstrong, Sam Nichols, Robert Hammer, and James Gastovski, a black ops operator who would become one of the key supporters of the FIA.


ArmA: Armed Assault

In ArmA: Armed Assault, the small contingent of U.S. troops in the country served mainly as advisers and helped to train the Southern Sahrani military, the Royal Army Corps of Sahrani.

Their initial presence is limited, but is later expanded and bolstered after the North commences its planned invasion of the South.


ArmA 2

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TF Knight flag.

In ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army forces form the bulk of Task Force Knight, one of the many elements that form a part of the greater multi-national NATO coalition consisting of allied forces from the United Kingdom (the British Army), the Czech Republic (ACR), and German special forces (the KSK).

Under a United Nations-approved mandate, U.S. Army forces in TF Knight are deployed to stop the threat of a Takistani invasion of neighbouring Karzeghistan, as well as to take down the rogue regime.

The bulk of TF Knight and its accompanying elements consisted of a mixture of ground forces from the Army's 1st Armored Division (1st AD) alongside airborne infantrymen from an unspecified division. They were also supported by units from the Army's elite 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) - their deployment estimated to be a platoon's worth of operators.

Notable personnel at this time included SAW gunner Corporal Howard Drake, special forces operator Sergeant Terry Graves (from the Army's elite 1st SFOD-D unit), tank commander Lieutenant Ben Herrera, and Apache pilot Captain Garry Pierce. The contingent was primarily coordinated by Colonel C.F. Kane, who served as commanding officer of all U.S. Army forces operating in the country.


ArmA 3

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Emblem of the 111th ID.

In ArmA 3, U.S. Army forces (initially) consist of troops from the 7th Infantry Division (7th ID) who are assigned to the multi-national, NATO-sanctioned Task Force Aegis. They are tasked with maintaining peace and overseeing the uneasy ceasefire between the Altis Armed Forces (AAF) and Freedom and Independence Army (FIA) guerillas.

Later on following the Stratis Incident, the 111th Infantry Division (111th ID) and the 21st Brigade Combat Team (21st BCT) are dispatched to the island nation, along with supporting naval and air elements from the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet.

A garrison is also based in the Eastern European country of Livonia, where they work alongside local troops from the Livonian Defense Force to deter infiltration attempts by its hostile Russian and Belarusian neighbours.

Notable personnel included Corporal Ben Kerry (the protagonist of The East Wind), Sergeants Conway and Adams of TF Aegis, and Colonel Andrew MacKinnon/David Armstrong; the commanders of TF Aegis and the 111th ID (respectively).

History

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ArmA 2-era U.S. Army emblem.

The U.S. Army has been a faction in almost every single conflict throughout the ArmA series, with only a handful of engagements not involving them in some way.

NOTE: Although generically categorised and labelled under "NATO" in-game, all NATO forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 3 except for those that are explicitly mentioned to be conventional/special forces from another country (i.e. CTRG) are for all intents and purposes U.S. Army troops.

Events of Resistance (1982)

Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)

Events of Armed Assault (2006)

A few elements of the U.S. Army were present in South Sahrani helping to train the country's armed forces, the Royal Army Corps of Sahrani (RACS). As the training mission came to an end, the U.S. Army began withdrawing its advisory forces from the island to return to the United States.

Events of the Rahmadi Conflict (2006)

Events of Royal Flush (2007)

Joint U.S. Army/USMC forces continued to remain on Sahrani, assisting the now unified and Southern-led government in rebuilding the wartorn nation.

A few months into the deployment however, the reigning King Joseph III and his successor Prince Orlando, are supposedly killed in an aviation accident. The King's daughter, Isabella, assumes the position of Queen and takes over the country's leadership. Her first act as leader was to mandate the removal of all U.S. forces from Sahrani.

The last of the U.S. Army/USMC troops depart from Sahrani a few weeks after her assumption of power.

Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)

Post-Operation Arrowhead

With Aziz out of the picture, the focus of U.S. forces operating in Takistan was changed to counterinsurgency instead.

Priorities included hunting down remnants of the Takistani Army that were still loyal to the now-deceased dictator, as well as training the New Takistani Army (NTA) and assisting the local authorities in maintaining the stability of the country.

Events of Operation Crimson Lance (2012)

The U.S. Army assisted in eradicating the threat posed by the last of the pro-Aziz remnants of the Takistani Army in a joint raid alongside the British military and other coalition forces. A drawdown of troops from Takistan was also scheduled with other NATO forces, with the remainder of U.S. forces staying in the secure green zones while leaving the NTA to handle other regions.

Unfortunately, this withdrawal would also see the start of the country's downward slide into chaos as the local tribes and warlords, no longer friendly to coalition forces, began competing with the NTA for control over the country.

Events of Operation Black Gauntlet (2013)

A skeleton force of U.S. troops continue to remain in the green zones throughout the country despite the on-going chaos between the NTA and the various tribal groups. They maintain several checkpoints leading in and out of the green zones, but are otherwise mostly uninvolved with the infighting and provide only minimal support to the local authorities.

While fulfilling a contract to escort a group of UN inspectors attempting to reach the site of a supposed Takistani WMD program, members from the ION Services private military company are stopped at a U.S. Army checkpoint. Though tempted to simply drive through the checkpoint, they hold out until the leader of their detail, Mark Reynolds, manages to secure clearance from the military.

Their patience pays off after they attempt to flee from armed militiamen and another rival PMC group pursuing them. Reynolds successfully convinces the commanding officer in the region to provide air support and destroys their pursuers.

Events of the Prologue (2034)

A contingent of U.S. Army troops from the 7th Infantry Division are attached to the newly formed Task Force Aegis, a multi-national joint task force that consists of both American and British forces.

The task force is deployed the Republic of Altis and Stratis on a five-year long deployment that is aimed at preventing further conflict between Altis Armed Forces (AAF) government forces and Freedom and Independence Army (FIA) guerillas.

By the mid-2030s, the U.S. Army has undergone significant changes to both its enlistment processes and overall structure. Many more Brigade Combat Teams have been authorised or are being reactivated in light of the growing tensions between NATO and CSAT in the Pacific region, and ongoing proxy wars with the People's Republic of China.

Conscription - as implied through many conversations with members of TF Aegis, has been fully reinstated, and many troop cuts are slowly being reversed to fill the gap left by almost two decades of sequestration.

« As millions of dollars of military equipment and infrastructure is decommissioned, opinion is split as to the wisdom of the drawdown. In light of CSAT forces stepping up joint military exercises in the Pacific, the US is keen to re-orient its conventional forces, reinforcing battalions in the east. Yet, with the Mediterranean basin representing a strategic fault-line between crumbling European influence and a powerful, resurgent East, some argue that the withdrawal could not come at a worse time.
News reports on the Army's shift towards the Pacific region
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However, the U.S. Army continues to struggle working under a limited budget and has been forced to scale back its operations in Southern Europe to better focus on its efforts in the Pacific.

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Army engineers await the arrival of private contractors to expedite the decommissioning process.

Several SIGINT facilities on both Altis and Stratis are due to be decommissioned immediately, while bases on Cyprus are scheduled to be shut down at the latest by 2036.

To help facilitate their removal and to cut down on costs, private contractors have been hired to carry out the majority of the work. Vehicles and other heavy equipment deemed too expensive to ship back to the United States are to be broken down and turned into scrap metal.

Events of The East Wind (2035)

Post-The East Wind

« NATO's invasion - albeit swift and, ultimately, successful - has stirred a new round of debates over the funding of military forces in this region. The conclusion was clear: there is no way NATO can maintain their position here while tensions in the pacific region rise. The decommissioning will continue and NATO will abandon this region.
The aftermath of the Altis Incident
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Six weeks pass following the AAF's capitulation. Under the leadership of its new president, Nikos Panagopoulos, the FIA guerillas have transitioned from a military opposition into a political body and work hard restore their homeland.

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U.S. Army forces continue to maintain watch over the island's fragile post-war peace.

U.S. forces can be seen overseeing the conference being held at Kavala as the new Altian government, NATO, CSAT and Akhanteros agree to a shared peace deal.

Regardless, the U.S. government remains committed to the drawdown and several weeks later, the last of the Army's troops on the island leave the country once and for all following the final decommissioning of remaining NATO facilities.

Events of Apex Protocol (2035)

U.S. Army troops form the bulk of the Pacific NATO forces operating in Tanoa, one of the central landmasses amongst the Horizon Islands group of nations. Working alongside the local authorities as part of the "Safe Horizon" exercises, their primary mission was to assist them in rooting out a growing insurgency threat that called itself the Syndikat.

In reality however, the exercises were being used as a cover for NATO's CTRG black ops unit, who had a completely different set of priorities and reasons for operating in the country.

Their initial involvement is mostly limited to providing just logistical support. They otherwise do not directly take part in any of the covert operations being conducted by CTRG.

Events of First Contact (2039)

Following the 2035 Moscow Summit, successful accession talks with CSAT has led to the Republic of Belarus becoming a member of the coalition. Furthermore, CSAT officials have announced that integration talks with the Russian Federation are also underway - though the Kremlin has yet to decide on the offer.

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Reacting to CSAT's expansion into Eastern Europe, maintaining the security of the "Andrzejów Gap" has become the Army's top priority.

With anti-CSAT paranoia in Eastern Europe at all-time highs, the U.S. Army has once again shifted its focus to containing CSAT expansionism in the region.

As part of the biennial "Electron" exercises, first signed in late 2035, several Brigade Combat Teams regularly deploy on a rotational basis every two years to Livonia.

The latest exercise, "Electron-39", will involve more than 10,000 personnel from the Army and is primarily aimed at deterring infiltration attempts by the Russian military along the so-called "Andrzejów Gap", a stretch of land that runs through the heart of Livonian territory.

It serves as a vital link between NATO's remaining Eastern European members to the Baltic states, and its importance has grown significantly in recent years following CSAT's integration of Belarus.

Equipment

ArmA: Cold War Assault

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ERDL woodland camouflage pattern utilised by ArmA: Cold War Assault-era U.S. Army forces.

At the height of the Malden Islands Crisis, U.S. Army troops mainly utilised ALICE load bearing system chest rigs and wore Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU) concealed in the ERDL woodland camouflage pattern.

For headgear, the latest PASGT helmet served as the standard issue combat helmet which was also camouflaged in ERDL.

ArmA: Armed Assault

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UCP/M81 camouflage patterns utilised by ArmA: Armed Assault-era U.S. Army forces.

U.S. Army soldiers at the time of the Sahrani Conflict wore the early variants of the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) camouflaged in the service's new Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a camouflage pattern designed to be useful in all environments.

Their Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) vests on the other hand, were camouflaged with the older but tried-and-true M81 Woodland pattern.

At this time, Army troops wore the latest model of the PASGT helmet which were modified with mounts to support night vision goggles. Like their uniforms, they too were camouflaged in UCP.

ArmA 2

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ArmA 2-era U.S. Army UCP/MultiCam camouflage patterns.

During Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army troops could also be commonly seen wearing the ACU but exclusively utilised the newer Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) series of body armour vests. Almost every infantryman is equipped with a set of night vision goggles for operations in low-visibility conditions.

Their uniforms and other gear are also concealed by UCP camouflage. For headwear, Operation Arrowhead-era U.S. Army line infantry wore the MICH combat helmet while non-combat personnel and officers wore simple Patrol Caps.

1st SFOD-D operatives preferred to wear a mixture of both UCP and MultiCam patterns. They often donned heavily customised MICH ballistic helmets spraypainted in desert tan/coyote brown, and wore dark olive-coloured plate carriers instead.

ArmA 3

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Camouflage patterns used by ArmA 3-era U.S. Army forces:
- MTP (Left, Altis)
- Tropic MTP (Right, Tanoa)

Two decades after Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army forces attached to Mediterranean NATO forces for the duration of the events of The East Wind can be seen wearing newer combat fatigues that are concealed with the MTP camouflage pattern (not to be confused with the Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage used by British forces).

Their plate carriers are usually available in either ranger green or black colours, while the heavier plate carriers are optionally available in MTP camouflage.

U.S. troops deployed to the Pacific can be seen during the events of Apex Protocol also wearing the same uniforms and vests, but are concealed with a tropical version of the MTP camouflage pattern instead. Lastly, soldiers deployed to Eastern Europe don gear adorned in a Woodland camouflage pattern.

For head protection, 2030-era U.S. Army troops primarily wear Enhanced Combat Helmets (ECH) and Light Combat Helmets (LCH), which provide moderate ballistic protection against non-large small arms calibre rounds.

Arsenal

Gallery

ArmA: Armed Assault


ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead

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Trivia

  • The so-called "U.S. Army" faction in Armed Assault actually consists of both Army and U.S. Marine forces - despite being entirely separate branches of the U.S. military in real-life. For gameplay purposes however, both are combined into the same faction.
    • Some Army units are strangely depicted with wearing a mixture of USMC equipment as a result, like Army officers wearing 8-Point Caps as opposed to the Army's Patrol Cap (the former is exclusive to the U.S. Marines/Navy in real-life), or donning the Lightweight Helmet (LWH) as their standard-issue combat helmet.
      • It would have been more appropriate for the Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH) to be used instead, as the MICH was already in mass circulation throughout the U.S. Army for the time period (2006-2007) that Armed Assault takes place in.
      • To further compound the issues surrounding Armed Assault's inconsistent equipment choices, the LWH is not utilised in any capacity by the real-world U.S. Army.
    • Given the combination of Marine-themed personal gear, it is possible that at some point during Armed Assault's development, the faction was (presumably) intended to consist of Marines rather than Army forces.
  • Early pre-release screenshots of ArmA 2's Operation Arrowhead expansion pack showed soldiers still utilising the M16A4 rifle as their primary weapon rather than SCARs as in the final version.
    • It's not known as to whether M16A4s were actually intended to be in the final release version, or were simply used as placeholders in lieu of the SCAR family.
  • In light of the growing tensions in the South China Sea, it is heavily implied that the U.S. Army has reinstated the draft by the mid 2030s.
    • Several soldiers throughout the main campaign - like the men of TF Aegis, outright state that they were drafted into service and are "happy" to avoid deployments to the Pacific region.
  • The 111th in ArmA 3 were initially known as the 111th Mechanized Brigade Combat Team (111th MBCT) before they were retconned into becoming known as the 111th ID.

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