On this day in history, August 16th 1793, the Levée en Masse is decreed by the National Convention during the French Revolution. The Levée en Masse qualified every able bodied male for service in the French military without the possibility of exemption. However, unlike other policies of conscription that bred anger and dissention, the Levée was instrumental in consolidating French national pride and unity. France, after the Revolution, was almost constantly at war with the powers surrounding it. These wars were sparked by reactionary powers wishing to squash the radicalism that destroyed a well established monarchy and by the Revolutionary government's own radicalism and desire to spread their beliefs to other parts of Europe. The Levée en Masse rose an army of more than 1.5 million men and while training all of these soldiers was challenging, the army saw surprising successes on the battlefield.