First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry (FTPCC)

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First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry on parade.

Founding Date: November 17, 1774

This purely volunteer cavalry troop was the first organized in defense of the colonies. Today the Troop is certainly the oldest mounted military unit and quite possibly the oldest military unit of any kind that has been in continuous service to the Republic. The times that called it into being, and the character of the original members who fought through the seven years of the American Revolution, together forged concepts of service and a body of tradition that have given it a continuity of purpose for 230 years.

The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry is a private military organization in the service of the United States. Because unique demands and opportunities are imposed upon its members, they become a closely knit fraternity. Membership is by election. Members who serve in the Troop are members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who serve with A Troop 1-104th Cavalry in the 28th Infantry Division.

Many have served overseas, and include deployments to Bosnia, Cuba, Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and other locations during their Troop service or at another time during their military career. New recruits interested in joining the PA National Guard, or prior-service military looking to join are welcome to inquire about membership. Many officers have resigned their commission to join our enlisted ranks from all branches of service.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's Facebook About page.