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combat arms

Definition/Scope: Branch of Army whose officers are directly involved in the conduct of actual fighting. These include: Infantry, Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, Armor, Aviation, Corps of Engineers, and Special Forces. FM 3-0 Rescinded the terms combat arms, combat support, and combat service support. Users are to use the appropriate warfighting function to describe unit types and functions.


Warfighting Function

Used For:

arm (combat)



Broader Terms:

Army branches

Narrower Terms:

Air Defense Artillery (Army branch)
Armor (Army branch)
Army Special Forces (Army branch)
Aviation (Army branch)
Field Artillery (Army branch)

Related Terms:

combat support

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