Combat arms

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Combat arms (or fighting arms in non-American parlance) is a collective name for troops within national armed forces which participate in direct tactical ground combat.wikipedia
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Cavalry

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In general they include units that carry or employ a weapon system, such as infantry, cavalry, and artillery units.
Cavalry were historically the most mobile of the combat arms.

Military tactics

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Combat arms (or fighting arms in non-American parlance) is a collective name for troops within national armed forces which participate in direct tactical ground combat.
Throughout history, there has been a shifting balance between the four tactical functions, generally based on the application of military technology, which has led to one or more of the tactical functions being dominant for a period of time, usually accompanied by the dominance of an associated fighting arm deployed on the battlefield, such as infantry, artillery, cavalry or tanks.

Artillery

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In general they include units that carry or employ a weapon system, such as infantry, cavalry, and artillery units.
By association, artillery may also refer to the arm of service that customarily operates such engines.

Combined arms

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The use of multiple combat arms in mutually supporting ways is known as combined arms.
Combined arms is an approach to warfare which seeks to integrate different combat arms of a military to achieve mutually complementary effects (for example, using infantry and armor in an urban environment, where one supports the other, or both support each other).

Military

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Combat arms (or fighting arms in non-American parlance) is a collective name for troops within national armed forces which participate in direct tactical ground combat.
Military operations oversees the policy interpretation into military plans, allocation of capability to specific strategic, operational and tactical goals and objectives, change in posture of the armed forces, the interaction of Combat Arms, Combat Support Arms, and Combat Support Services during combat operations, defining of military missions and tasks during the conduct of combat, management of prisoners of war, military civil affairs, and the military occupation of enemy territory, seizure of captured equipment, and maintenance of civil order in the territory under its responsibility.

Ground warfare

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Combat arms (or fighting arms in non-American parlance) is a collective name for troops within national armed forces which participate in direct tactical ground combat.
Although the land combat in the past was conducted by the Combat Arms of the armed forces, since the Second World War it has largely involved three distinct types of combat units: Infantry, Armour and Artillery.

United States Army Air Corps

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Army Aviation, as distinguished from the Army Air Forces (AAF 1941-1947) and its predecessor, the Army Air Corps (AAC 1926-1942), officially began on 6 June 1942 with the authorization for organic liaison airplanes to perform air observation for artillery units.
During World War II, although not an administrative echelon, the Air Corps (AC) remained as one of the combat arms of the Army until 1947, when it was legally abolished by legislation establishing the Department of the Air Force.

United States Army Air Forces

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Army Aviation, as distinguished from the Army Air Forces (AAF 1941-1947) and its predecessor, the Army Air Corps (AAC 1926-1942), officially began on 6 June 1942 with the authorization for organic liaison airplanes to perform air observation for artillery units.
In addition to dissolving both Army General Headquarters and the chiefs of the combat arms, and assigning their training functions to the Army Ground Forces, War Department Circular 59 reorganized the Army Air Forces, disbanding both Air Force Combat Command and the Office of Chief of the Air Corps (OCAC), eliminating all its training and organizational functions, which removed an entire layer of authority.

Field Artillery Branch (United States)

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The Field Artillery Branch is a combat arms branch of the United States Army.

British Army

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In some countries, notably the British Army, the artillery units are categorised as combat support.
In 2016, it was decided to open all roles to women in 2018; women had not previously been permitted to join the Combat Arms.

Armor Branch

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The Armor Branch of the United States Army is an active combat arms branch.

Combat support

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In some countries, notably the British Army, the artillery units are categorised as combat support.
Actual combat units are collectively referred to as combat arms units; hence, all army units fall into the category of either combat arms, combat support, or combat service support.

Structure of the United States Army

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Currently, U.S. Army organizational doctrine uses the classification [[Structure of the United States Army#Maneuver, Fires and Effects (MFE) Branches and Functional Areas|"Maneuver, Fires and Effects"]] (MFE) to group the combat arms branches, and four other branches, into Maneuver, Fires, Maneuver Support, and Special Operations Forces functional areas.
Traditionally, the branches were divided into three groups combat arms, combat support, and combat service support.

U.S. Army Combat Arms Regimental System

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The Combat Arms Regimental System (CARS), was the method of assigning unit designations to units of some of the combat arms branches (specifically, Infantry, including Special Forces, Field Artillery, and Armor) of the United States Army from 1957 to 1981.

Infantry

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In general they include units that carry or employ a weapon system, such as infantry, cavalry, and artillery units.

Military organization

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In general they include units that carry or employ a weapon system, such as infantry, cavalry, and artillery units.

United States Army

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Some armies such as the United States Army, classify combat engineers as a combat arm also, while armoured troops constitute a combat arm in name although many have histories derived from cavalry units.

Armoured warfare

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Some armies such as the United States Army, classify combat engineers as a combat arm also, while armoured troops constitute a combat arm in name although many have histories derived from cavalry units.

Military aviation

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This is also true for the combat aviation units in many armed forces throughout the world.

Cannon

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Artillery is included as a combat arm primarily based on the history of employing cannons in close combat, and later in the anti-tank role until the advent of anti-tank guided missiles.

Anti-tank warfare

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Artillery is included as a combat arm primarily based on the history of employing cannons in close combat, and later in the anti-tank role until the advent of anti-tank guided missiles.

Anti-tank guided missile

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Artillery is included as a combat arm primarily based on the history of employing cannons in close combat, and later in the anti-tank role until the advent of anti-tank guided missiles.

Special forces

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The inclusion of special forces in some armed forces as a separate combat arm is often doctrinal because the troops of special forces units are essentially specialized infantry, often with historical links to ordinary light infantry units.

Military doctrine

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The inclusion of special forces in some armed forces as a separate combat arm is often doctrinal because the troops of special forces units are essentially specialized infantry, often with historical links to ordinary light infantry units.