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Citizen Soldiers

Alexander required service from his citizins in his army as soldiers.  Unlike the traditional citizen-soldier who had to spend most of the year working or who enjoyed independent wealth, Alexanders professional soldiers could stay in the field year round and recieve payment.  Alexander payed the soldiers in food for the soldiers and camp followers in return for their service.  

Alexander's army was not prejudice and gratefully received soldiers of different nationalities. When Alexander married a Persian princess he encouraged his soldiers to marry Persian women also. Many of them did just as their powerful leader commanded.