- "If you seek peace, then prepare for war."
- — Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Roman writer
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The Standing Army is based on the term "standing army" which is used to describe the concept of having professional and permanent army available at any time.
In pre-industrial times, armies were often fully disbanded after wars or campaigns, because of the need to re-divert the manpower in armies back to tending the land to harvest food. While this system was tenable in smaller societies, such as the Mediterranean city-states of the Iron Age or medieval European society, this system of seasonal recruitment soon broke down in the face of continued protracted warfare. A standing army, consisting of full-time professional personnel, would have provided an effective pool of manpower that could be drawn upon to respond rapidly and decisively to any military threat whenever it appeared, as opposed to the more difficult task of having to first wait for the nobility to raise the required number of men to meet the foe.
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