Military Experience value describes the experience of the whole military of each side. This value can be seen in the Strategy Panel center part.
Both sides started the war with very low overall military experience. While there are still many veterans of the Mexican War (1846-1848), the continuous Indian Wars, and other conflicts available for both sides, most of the fighting men have no experience. Also, even the officers do not have any experience in commanding the large volunteer armies of the Civil War, as the U.S. Regular Army’s size was only some 16,000 in total before the Civil War.
As the Civil War drags on and the armies grow in size and fight, the whole military will experience this new kind of warfare. This experience will benefit the entire military. Military experience grows when fighting battles and affects:
- Starting experience of officer; Maximum level of training the troops can receive by drilling,
- The maximum level of experience commanders can obtain through service, without combat experience, Ability to entrench, Maximum morale when fighting in enemy territory,
- Speed of readiness consumption and recovery.
In short, the higher the military experience value, the more influential the military can be in general.