Yes I know -
The unwritten words in there are - in peacetime and small pool of trained reserves in comparison to those that maintained large standing armies.
France could expand rapidly because of Conscription - it also meant its expansion wasn't all raw.
Im guilty of poor writing - expecting everyone to know what I mean if I do.
I suspect most Brits on here did being more familiar with british history and thus being more familiar with the point I was making (or failing to).