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The Oldest Branch of the Military Before the Continental Army there were the Quartermasters The Quartermaster Corps traces its origins from 16 June 1775 On that day following General Washingtons address accepting command of the Army the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution providing for one Quartermaster General of the Grand Army and a deputy under him for the Army Major General Thomas Mifflin the first Quartermaster General had virtually no money and authority and was dependent upon the several colonies for supplies Though the Quartermaster supply function is as old as the first army that took the field the term Quartermaster seems to have come into general usage with the rise of standing armies in the 16th century Derived from the Old French quartier and the Latin quartarius the term literally means master of quarters In the standing armies of Europe the Dutch called this officer kwartiermeester while the Germans named him quartier-meister It was not until 1686 however that the post of Quarter-Master-General was instituted in the British standing army replacing the more ancient title of the Harbinger that means one who went in front to provide lodging or quarters for those who followed Born 1 The modern Quartermaster Corps provides supply support field services aerial delivery support materiel and distribution management combat development and doctrine training and professional developments to support the total Army of our nation today McBride 2 When I enlisted in the Army during the winter of 1994 I had no idea as to what I wanted to do Ultimately I knew that being a soldier was about carrying a weapon shooting from foxholes taking orders and liking them and marching I was astonished when my recruiter asked me what kind of job I wanted At this point I was confused he offered many types of occupations but if I was to choose it was going to involve using my mental intellect as a replacement for my physicality
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