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Dalregementets underofficerare under tidigmodern tid: Social mobilitet och social organisation 1661-1809
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, History.
2012 (Swedish)In: Militärhistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0283-8400Article in journal (Other academic) In press
Abstract [en]

Swedish early modern non-commissioned officers where not exclusively recruited from the peasantry that made up the bulk of the soldiery. Before the Great Nordic War about half of the NCO corps was recruited from the ranks, during the war it sank to a third, and after the war it gradually receded to a tenth of all newly appointed NCOs.

 

Since the road to a commission usually went through a NCO billet, an increasingly larger share of the NCOs was made up of young men of good families waiting for promotion in a post-war army with unusually grim prospects for advancement. Compensating for the slow rate of promotion, many fathers managed to enlist their sons as volunteers when still children, reaching NCO rank at the age of 15 or 16.

 

The increased use of direct commissions from the 1770s didn’t give the peasantry better access to the NCO corps. Instead the self-recruitment trends that becomes visible after the Great Nordic War became even more important. Sons of senior NCOs made up a progressively larger portion of the NCO corps, supplemented by sons of middle class gentlemen, lower clergy and even bourgeois, entering the army as volunteers at the age of 16 to 18. In addition, the purchasing system meant that some sons of good families, not possessing the means to buy a commission, remained NCOs during their military life in spite of noble birth, fathers with field officer rank and strong family connections in the army.

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Stockholm: Militärhistoriska avdelningen, Försvarshögskolan , 2012.
Keywords [en]
social history, military history, Sweden, early modern, non-commissioned officers
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-7395OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-7395DiVA, id: diva2:345849
Available from: 2010-08-27 Created: 2010-08-25 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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