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In the military, recruiting (of recruits ) or drafting is understood to mean the calling up of soldiers , conscripts and militiamen who have previously been drafted into military service . This will bring military units back to their full number ( target strength ). However, recruiting is also ordered to set up new units.


The word recruit comes from the Latin recrescere (German for regrowth ) and describes the process of replenishing military units to their full number.

Forced recruitment

In times of war or crisis, forced recruiting is sometimes carried out in which recruits are forced into the service of the respective armed forces . The forced recruitment of nationals of the opposing party is prohibited by the international law of war .

  • Knabenlese was the name of the system ofdrafting or forced recruitment and Islamization practicedin the Ottoman Empire , in which Christian, predominantly male youths were kidnapped from their families and Islamized in order to then place them in prominent positions in the military and administrative service of the empire.

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: recruitment  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Norbert Haase: From “Ons Jongen”, “Malgré-nous” and others - The fate of the foreign forced recruits in the Second World War (PDF; 465 kB), lecture at the University of Strasbourg , August 27, 2011.