The Soldier is the ultimate guardian of America’s freedom. In over 120 countries around the world, Soldiers like you are protecting our Nation’s freedom and working to provide a better life for oppressed or impoverished peoples. It is no accident our Army succeeds everywhere we are called to serve—the loyalty and selfless service of the American Soldier guarantee it. Today our Army is fighting directly for the American people. This global war on terrorism is about our future. It’s about ensuring our children and grandchildren enjoy the same liberties we cherish. While difficult tasks remain, victory is certain. The efforts and sacrifices of the American Soldier will assure it. Although our technology has changed, the core of our success remains the American Soldier. Whether equipped with a bayonet or an Apache helicopter, the American Soldier is the most lethal weapon in the world. Regardless of MOS or location on the battlefield, the American Soldier will accomplish the mission—and will destroy any enemy interference with that mission. This Soldier’s Guide applies to every soldier in the Army—active, reserve, and National Guard—in every rank and MOS. It condenses important information from a number of Army Regulations, Field Manuals, DA Pamphlets and other publications. This manual describes your role in the Army, your obligations, and what you can expect from your leaders. Other subject areas are Army history, training, and professional development. This manual also describes standards in appearance and conduct and selected individual combat tasks that are important for every Soldier to master. This manual gives you a good reference to find answers for many questions. It helps clarify and reinforce standards and helps prepare you to assume leadership positions. Read it thoroughly and continue to do the great work American Soldiers have done for almost 230 years.