I thought the Constitution did not support a "standing army"...it allowed only for a navy (to defend the shores)...armies were to be funded only during war. Prompted by the fear of standing armies, the framers inserted the limitation that “no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years.”
That's why Congress has to appropriate military funds every "two years"...nice way to get around the Constitution and maintain a standing federal army.
The states were to provide a militia - not the federal government with a permanent army.
But perhaps I'm wrong - I'm sure a Constitutional expert could clarify.
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