The majority of warriors in the High Elven armies are citizens rather than professional soldiers. This militia is a form of the part-time army in which all take their turn to serve, every Elf providing his own battle gear in defence of his home and country.
As his familiarity with the horrors of battle grows, he will eventually be promoted to the Spearmen. This is the senior arm of the militia, and is expected to fight bravely in the main line of battle. With decades of experience behind him, an Elf can don the armour of a Spearmen and join his fellows in the rigorous training needed to fight efficiently as one body.