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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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Sources said the recruitments were being made in violation of the ban imposed by the provincial government.
MULTAN -- Despite a ban on recruitment in its departments by the Punjab government, the Multan Waste Management Company (MWMC) is hiring officials, Dawn has learnt.
However, the standing committee of the cabinet on Finance and Development will take up the matter of relaxation of the ban on recruitment on the case to case basis.
PESHAWAR -- Private teachers from tribal Khyber Agency have demanded the authorities concerned to ensure merit and transparency in recruitment by reactivation of National Testing Service system in Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
He added the highly-qualified and eligible tribal people have ignored from recruitment process in presence of primitive communal schooling system in tribal areas.
Fraudulent online recruitment activities, allegedly misusing Aster's name, have been reported in several countries including India, Pakistan, Philippines, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
Congress MP from Karnal Lok Sabha constituency, Arvind Sharma, accused Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Government of doing discrimination in government recruitments on the regional basis.
The EU2 recruitment made it possible to improve the gender balance at management level.
(UMC) yesterday announced it will recruit 1,000 engineers this year for its Fab 12A at the Southern Taiwan Science Park, the company's highest recruitment number in recent years.
The full bench, however, upheld the recruitment of some 3000 personnel in Army, stating that the recruitment procedure, which completed before the writ was registered, could not be invalidated.
The meeting decided to improve the capacity of the commission for expeditious recruitment in government departments.