The national army consists of three bans or classes; the first is the field army, the units of the second exist in peace as cadres only, the third is unorganized.
The permanent cadres number about 22,000, and about 85,000 men are annually trained as recruits or recalled for further training.
The field army on a war footing, without depot troops, garrison troops and reservists, would be about 50,000 strong, but by constituting new cadres at the outbreak of war and calling up the reserves it could be more than doubled, and as a matter of fact nearly 120,000 men were with the colours in the manoeuvre season in 1907.
The StatesGeneral in the disbanding of the forces wished to tion of retain the cadres of the regiments complete in case of a renewal of the war.
The home defence system of Holland is a militia with strong cadres based on universal service.