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  • Infantry is the branch of a military force that fights on foot — troops specifically trained to engage, fight, and defeat the enemy in face-to-face combat, and thus bear the brunt of warfare, suffering the greatest number of casualties. Historically, as the oldest branch of the combat arms, the infantry are the tip of the spear of a modern army, and continually undergo training that is more physically stressful and psychologically demanding than that of any other branch of the combat arms, or of the army, emphasizing teamwork in the deployment of spontaneous, sustained aggression. Infantrymen are distinguished from troops trained to fight on horseback, from tanks, with heavier long-range weapons, and as technicians, by their greatly developed combat skills, such as movement techniques, firearms proficiency, and field craft. Infantry can enter and maneuver in terrain that is inaccessible to military vehicles and tanks, and employ crew-served infantry support weapons that provide greater and more sustained firepower, in the absence of artillery.

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