To fill the ranks

to supply the whole number, or a competent number.

See also: Rank

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Now that Sir John Hawkwood hath gone with the East Anglian lads and the Nottingham woodmen into the service of the Marquis of Montferrat to fight against the Lord of Milan, there are but ten score of us left, yet I trust that I may be able to bring some back with me to fill the ranks of the White Company.
Extra outreach to high schools, fire departments and water polo teams is underway to fill the ranks of guards who will occupy lookout perches along the perimeter and kayaks on the water of the historic swimming facility.
With the coming of Spring, foliage is blossoming, temperatures are warming up, pollen is in the air and inevitably there is an air show going on this weekend somewhere Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service recruiters are hitting the air show circuit aggressively this season looking to fill the ranks.
These educational workshops, events, and social media outreach are supported by inspirational and informative blog posts and other efforts like the Triangle Happy Fix Meetup Group to continue to fill the ranks of happbassadors who use positive thinking and focused action to share the company's message that happy feels good.
It also reflects the Army's rapid growth in the middle part of the decade, and the decisions to relax standards a bit to bring in and retain tens of thousands of soldiers to fill the ranks as the Pentagon added troops in Iraq and continued the fight in Afghanistan.
The Army is looking for motivated 35S Soldiers in the rank of SPC(P) through SSG to fill the ranks of the elite Special Forces Groups.
USCC's program is working to find 10,000 of America's best to fill the ranks of cybersecurity professionals.
If that is the case, their only alternative is to hire apprentices to fill the ranks and pay at least part of your salary (depending on your contract) while you're out.
The baby boomer generation is aging, and by the end of this decade there will be a serious deficit in qualified and experienced individuals to fill the ranks of executives shuffling off to retirement, say experts.
During the 1980s, at a time when Kuwait's parliament had been disbanded by the then-Emir, Sheikh Jaber al Ahmad al Sabah (brother of the current incumbent), the Kuwaiti authorities had encouraged the bedoon to fill the ranks of the state's security and military apparatuses.