The new recriuting scheme of I907 re-established three categories of recruits, the 2nd category corresponding practically to the German Ersatz-Reserve.
The Ersatz consists exclusively of young men, who would in war time be drafted to the regimental depots and thence sent, with what training circumstances had in the meantime allowed, to the front.
For an offensive war, only the active army, the reserve, the Ersatz and the 1st levy of the Landwehr would be really available.
600,000 From 7 classes of Ersatz reserve called to the depots, able-bodied men -.
(b) Assigned to the Ersatz-Reserve of the 1 1
That proportion of the annual contingents which is dismissed untrained goes either to the Ersatz-Reserve or to the 1st ban of the Landsturm (the Landwehr, it will be observed, contains only men who have served with the colors).
Some men of the Ersatz receive a short preliminary training in peace time.