Hadrian and Reforms of the Army

Hadrian and Reforms of the Army - Hadrian and Reforms of...

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Hadrian and Reforms of the Army Discipline – personally inspected army posts all over the Empire; watched soldiers drill, march, maneuver; inspected equipment, dress, baggage, and mess kitchens; ordered forced marches during which, dressed as a common soldier, he marched along with the men and carried his own pack. Recruitment – removed distinctions between the legions and the auxiliary troops with respect to training, equpment, and composition so that both consisted of Roman citizens and non- citizens, recruited more and more in the frontier regions. If the bastard sons of soldiers enlisted, they were allowed to inherit their fathers' property. Hadrian also enlisted new auxiliary units called numeri, which were small mobile corps of men. These would retain their native languages, arms, and methods of fighting. Tactics – reinstituted an improved form of Alexander's main unit, the phalanx (a group of men with shields and particularly long spears, which formed a kind of lethal fast-moving
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