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Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
This is news to the US army, who lists its birthday as June 1775.United States Armed Forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaPrior to and during the founding of the United States, military forces were supplied by untrained militia commanded by the states. When the Continental Congress first ordered a Continental Army to be formed, it was to be made up of militia from the states. That army, under the command of General George Washington, won the Revolutionary War, but afterwards was disbanded.
However, it soon became obvious that a standing army and navy were required. The United States Navy (and the Marine Corps) began when Congress ordered several frigates in 1794, and a standing army was created, however it was still only minimal and it relied mostly on contributions from state militia in times of war. The Coast Guard was created in 1790.
I bolded and underlined some of the important things. As stated above, original post is top of page 9As I've said, it didn't start with a standing army. The Continental Army used by Washington wasn't a standing army. Congress established the Navy (as is their power) in 1794, and that's the beginning of our standing army. While the President may now be in CinC of the standing army, it's not his to do with as he pleases. Only Congress can declare war, if we're not under declaration of war the President can't just take the troops any ol' place he wants and start overthrowing governments. He can oversee the executive duties of the military during peace times, but he can't commit acts of war (rightfully) without declaration from Congress.