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The term recruitment, from Latin recrescere (grow back again) via French recroître, refers to the proces of replenishing military units. A recruit is accordingly part of the next military generation, that is, a soldier in training.

Early modern recruiting was preceded by the phase of identifying appropriate candidates. Depending on regional development, governmental presence, constitutional foundations, and the requirements of military policy (Military), various methods and procedures were employed: advertising for volunteers, press gangs, mustering, conscription,…

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Pröve, Ralf, “Recruitment”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026490>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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