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A serial discharge from neurons innervating groups of muscle fibers.
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(Russian, verbovka; from German werben via Polish werbowac), the hiring of people for military service, one method of troop replacement. In antiquity this method was used chiefly in the form of hiring whole detachments of foreigners in wartime. Another form of recruitment was individual hiring of soldiers, primarily citizens of the country concerned, for a long time or for lifelong military service (the hired standing armies of ancient Rome and Byzantium).

In Western Europe in the Middle Ages, hired troops came to be widely used in the 15th century, and from the end of the 15th century the hired army system became the main system of replacing troops (for instance, during the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-48). Recruitment was rarely voluntary: threats, deception, the use of intoxicants, and direct violence were the usual accompaniments of recruitment. These methods were practiced in Western Europe, especially in Prussia, until the end of the 18th century. Among the great powers only Great Britain and the USA maintained the recruitment system until World War I. In Russia recruitment had not been practiced on a wide scale. At present a considerable part of the personnel of the armed forces serve for hire in various countries such as the USA, West Germany, France, and Great Britain.

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A large number of serving and retired AMC officers, soldiers and relatives of passing out recruits attended the ceremony.
'There were no appointment letters for the recruited beneficiaries, no monitoring mechanism to check the work of the beneficiaries and the service provider and the GhS100.00 monthly allowance was unacceptable'.
In the EU, the highest proportions of businesses finding it difficult to recruit ICT specialists were in Czechia (79%) and Austria (78%).
Binary is one of the five types of MLM compensation plan where one can only have two direct recruits with subsequent recruits (known as downlines) placed under the direct recruits as well as the recruits under them.
At the time, the commander of Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, Brig.
Results: Out of total nine thousand four hundred and ninety one recruits, 696 (7.3%) were admitted in hospital.
Do not--and let me repeat, do not--talk more than the recruit. Your goal is to ask questions and then more questions.
WORCESTER - Background investigations on all of the recruits for the Police Department's upcoming class have been completed, keeping the academy start date of Oct.
The preview meeting will answer the question: where and how will the NAVFAC Corporate Recruiting Partnership recruit based on NAVFAC's current and future demand signal?
"Table 2 firing prepares recruits for what they (would) face in (combat)," said Cpl.
If you recruit poorly, then you will have the same team as last season--if not worse.