Chapter 43, No Permanent Enemies

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The strategy of having a large reserve force passed, and an increase in military spending was inevitable. In the short term, the growth in military spending would not be significant, but as the number of reservists increased, it would be a different story.

Even if maintaining a reserve force was cheaper, the military expenditure would not be less than fifteen percent of that of the regular army. The old equipment could be handed down from the regular army and soldier salaries could be saved, but training expenses, no matter what, could not be spared.

Normally, the reserve force of the Austrian Empire was required to have no less than two months of training each year. After training, the government still had to provide a gratuity.