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The domain name mil is the [sponsored top-level domain] (sTLD) in the [Domain Name System] of the [Internet] for the [United States Department of Defense] and its subsidiary or affiliated organizations. The name is derived from military . It was one of the first top-level domains, created in January 1985.

The [United States] is the only country that has a top-level domain for its military. Other countries often use second-level domains for this purpose, e.g., [mod.uk] for the [United Kingdom] 's [Ministry of Defence] . [Canada] uses [norad.mil] with the United States as they jointly operate the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Although the United States military has its own top-level domain, it still uses [com] domains for some of its recruitment sites, such as goarmy.com , as well as for the [Defense Commissary Agency] 's [public website] and most non-appropriated fund instrumentalities such as military [MWR] organizations and military exchanges. Also, the military uses [edu] domains for its service academies: the [United States Military Academy] , [United States Coast Guard Academy] , [United States Naval Academy] , and the [United States Air Force Academy] can all be reached using either an edu or a mil domain. The official athletic program sites of the three academies that are members of [NCAA] [Division I] (Army, Navy, Air Force) use com domains. The Department of Defense itself uses [gov] for its home page, with at least three second-level domains within mil ("defense", "dod", and "pentagon") redirecting to its home page of [''defense.gov''] .

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