In its very first session, the United States Congress had a lot of decisions to make. One important topic to President George Washington was establishing a military. Washington led the Continental Army as a General against the British in the American Revolution, and won, however, this army was not the official army of the United States.

On August 7, 1789, Washington wrote to remind the Senate and the House of Representatives to create provisions for the U.S. military. Secretary of War, Henry Knox, read the President’s letter aloud to the members of Congress, but it is not immediately acted upon it.

Three days later, on August 10, Washington again urges Congress to address the issue. Finally, on September 29, the last day of the first session, the House of Representatives and the Senate pass the bill that establishes the armed forces of the United States of America.

Very little changed for the men already serving, but over time the United States Navy, Marines, and Air Force join the ground troops to create the U.S. Armed Forces.