military service branch concerned with combat by individuals on foot
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Infantry is the branch of a country's army that fights on foot.[1] A member of the infantry is called an infantryman. Infantrymen are also called foot soldiers or footmen. Infantry is different than cavalry because infantry members fight on their own two feet, without vehicles or animals to ride on. Historically, infantrymen were trained to use spears, swords and shields. Modern infantrymen are trained to use many different kinds of weapons, including rifles, grenades, rocket launchers, pistols, sniper rifles, and machine guns. It is one of the most dangerous jobs in any country's military. Since the end of World War II, 81% of Americans killed in battle were infantrymen.[2] This is despite the fact that the infantry made up only about 4% of the US military.[2] The infantry is the backbone of the military and the most important branch of the army.

Romanian infantry in Afghanistan
British Infantryman in Iraq


  1. "infantry". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert Scales (9 August 2016). "Improving infantry survival". The Washington Times, LLC. Retrieved 12 August 2016.