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Flavius Renatus Vegetius, a Roman military specialist, A Book about Military Affairs, late 4th century C.E.
"I know that the height of recruits has always been required to conform to a standard measurements, so that only men who stand six feet or at least five feet, ten inches have been accepted for service in the cavalry or in the first cohorts of the legions. But in those days, the population was larger, and more men entered the armed forces, because the civil service (government positions and the church hierarchy) was not drawing away our most eligible young men. And therefore, if the need be pressing, it is fine to take account nor so much of a man’s stature as his physical strength.”

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