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Sorry, I wasn't trying to

Sorry, I wasn't trying to sound mean. Point of fact, I skipped over the words "standing army" as opposed to just "army" for a long time too, and never questioned what the qualifer meant.

I found the site below, and it started me on a trail to clearer insight into that.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.