Muster (military)

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The term muster designates the process or event of accounting for members in a military unit. This practice of inspections led to the coining of the English idiom pass muster, meaning being sufficient.

Tudor England[edit]

In Tudor England, musters were periodic assessments of the availability of local militia to act as a defence force when needed.[1] To some extent, the system was an outdated remnant of the feudal system where local lords had their own armies, which they provided for the King as required.

United States[edit]

Within the United States Army Reserve, muster is an annual event used for screening purposes.[2]


  1. ^ Jeremy Gibson and Alan Dell, Tudor and Stuart Muster Rolls (Federation of Family History Societies, 1989)
  2. ^ Army Regulation 135-200, Active Duty for Missions, Projects, and Training for Reserve Component Soldiers, para. 3-6, Muster Drill, 13 June 1999