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Washington at Valley Forge, between 1900 and 1920.
华盛顿将军知道拥有一支正统军队的重要性。 (此图摄于幅奇谷 (Valley Forge)

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在第一个会期里,美国国会必须要制订很多政策决定。这些首任众议员与参议员所必须重视的重要议题之一,就是创建美国军队。虽然当时美国已经有了一支殖民军队大陆军 (Continental Army) 而且也在乔治华盛顿将军的带领下,于美国革命战争中击败英国。然而,这支军队并不是美国的官方国家军队。


In its very first session, the United States Congress had a lot of decisions to make. One important topic the first representatives and senators needed to address was establishing the U.S. military. There already was a colonial army--the Continental Army--that had fought the British in the American Revolution and won under General George Washington. But this army was not the official army of the United States.

Finally, on September 29, 1789, the last day of its first session, the U.S. Congress passed an act to establish the United States military. However, this happened only after President Washington reminded them, twice!

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