Its too-easy assumption: The Reserves would be a cadre against uncertainty, temporarily filling the ranks in any future emergency.
A cadre of regime apparatchiks soon seized power, eventually leading to the landslide election of their leader, Ion Iliescu.
Along with a cadre of other young, outspoken LGBT-rights activists in Yaoundé and Douala, Lembembe was impatient for change.
1830, from French cadre, literally "a frame of a picture" (16c.), so, "a detachment forming the skeleton of a regiment" (1851), from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrum "a square" (see quadrille). The communist sense is from 1930.
An elite or select group that forms the core of an organization and is capable of training new members.