How do I set my squads to part time?

I wish to have a squad of, say 9 dorfs, and then set it so that only 3 are active at any one time.

How would one go about this?

Thanks, Urists!

  • Last I checked (about a year ago, just before the latest big updates), squads could only have a squad-wide schedule. If you needed more fine-tuned behavior, then you'd want to create smaller squads.
    – user66184
    May 14, 2015 at 22:58
  • I'm thinking the same. Three squads of three, each set to train/patrol/whatever a third of the time. But I haven't played in so long I don't know if there's now a better way. May 15, 2015 at 6:42
  • Ok, I was afraid that might be the case. Thanks chaps. May 15, 2015 at 10:38

1 Answer 1


This is possible.

Go to the screen that allows you to edit the squad schedule. [military then schedule] enter image description here

Select the squad you want. [Using left and right arrows]

Select the month. [Up and down arrows]

Press the "tab" key to select a month.

Use e to edit orders. o to set them.

When editing/setting orders you can use [+ and -] to change how many Dwarves will follow that order at once. Change it to 3. (You can also set preferred Dwarves here who will be selected first to do the order.)

Press [shift + enter] to save the order for that month.

Use [c then p] to copy then paste the orders to other months. (Remember to give them months off.)


  • Thanks Urist McLaiseran. I since figured this out but forgot to report back. Your answer is correct though, so thanks! May 27, 2015 at 16:04

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