Defense Today is Armed Forces Day… Recoil Staff May 18, 2013 Join the Conversation …and RECOIL wishes to extend its deepest respect to all branches of the United States Military. Unlike Veterans Day, which focuses on the individual current or former serving military member, or the various service-oriented birthdays (which focus on each specific service and its members), Armed Forces Day is a day for all citizens to express their appreciation to the military in totality – all of its components, all of its members. Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 shortly after the creation of the Department of Defense. The DoD itself was authorized and enacted to replace the War Department and Navy Department in order to reduce inter-service rivalry and make the process of defense and warfighting more streamlined – the same connotation can be given to Armed Forces Day itself. Celebrated for the first time the following year, Armed Forces Day actually replaced separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. It became an official United States Federal holiday in 1962. To each branch of service, from the Joint Chiefs down to the newest recruit, and to the institutions and traditions you represent, RECOIL extends its deepest respect and appreciation. We Found Bulk Ammo In Stock: Ammo from $14.60 creedmoorsports.comAmmo Sale from $6.99 brownells.com Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Explore RECOILweb:Too Much Red Dot? A Quick ReminderRECOILtv SHOT Show 2020: Reactor Sensor SuiteDawn of Planet of the Apes - will the Gorillas have trigger discipline?SHOT SHOW 2014 Coverage Budget AR-15s In Stock: S&W M&P15 .223 $699.99 sportsmans.com PSA PA-15 M4 $719.99 palmettoarmory.com Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!