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The Auxiliarius (auxiliary) were soldiers in the Roman army recruited from the Provinces of the Roman Empire (most frequently Gaul, Hispania, Thracia, North Africa, the Near East, and the German frontier). While Roman citizens usually served in the infantry of the Legions, they tended to not be so skilled in other roles, such as cavalry. Peoples from the Provinces, who were more skilled in these roles, were used to occupy these positions. Sometimes, Auxilia brought their specialty to the army. The eastern Mediterranean lands (Crete, Syria, Arabia) had skilled Sagittarii (archers), while the Balearic Isles (Majorca and Minorca) had skilled Funditors (people who used slings), as well as (oddly enough) swimmers, who were supposed to guide horses across rivers. They were more lightly equipped on the whole, and were faster than the heavily-equipped, slow Legionnaires, which gave them an advantage over Legionnaires when fighting the tribes of frontier lands (who were lightly-equipped as well). As the Roman Empire needed to outsource its military capacity more and more due to imperial overstretch, the Auxilia began to make up a greater percentage of the army, though they were originally used only as a supplement. Auxilia wore whatever was the garb of their native land and fought beside Legionnaires in most major conflicts. If an Auxiliarius served the Roman army for 25 years, they were granted citizenship.