The Constitution for the United States of America

Article 1
Section 8 - Paragraph 12

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years:

In order to perform the mandated task of Providing for the Common Defense, it is necessary to raise and support Armies.

Since the Founding Fathers could not see a need for Armies when there was no war, and since the basis for the Army was the Militia, they saw no need for long term commitments to an Army.

The Militia consists of every able bodied man and woman over the age of 16. As we will see later, the Militia belongs to the State and our Government has the responsibility of training and equiping it when it has been called into service for the country.

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