The Department of Defense (DoD) is America's oldest and largest government agency. The mission of the DoD is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. The department's headquarters is at the Pentagon. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation. With over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and 742,000 civilian personnel, the DoD is the nation's largest employer. Another 980 thousand serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits.
Every branch of the DoD - Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and National Guard all publish their own publications, for example, regulations, directives, manuals, orders, etc.
This research guide is designed to serve as an introductory aid to users trying to navigate the complex field of on-line and off-line military resources. While giving direction and key websites for current and online resources, the research guide will also serve as a reference to special libraries and research institutions in order to locate more obscure items.