Like other parts of North American life, the army was built on a British model with American elements fitted in.
Thomas Bushell served in the Royal NA Army in the 1970s as a lieutenant along with his fellow lieutenant Horace Bragg and was assigned Sergeant Samuel Stanley as his senior noncom. They served on the border with Nueva España during a time when border skirmishes were common. In one, Bushell was wounded while trying to save an injured soldier in his platoon. Both were rescued by Stanley.