When a new recruit, called a novicius entered one of the gladiators schools he was assessed by the lanista (owner of the school), a doctor and the trainers. He would first be checked by a medici (a doctor, not to be confused with the doctores) to ensure he was fit. Their physique would be assessed and a decision made as to what type of gladiator he would be trained as in the gladiator school. Would his physique be suited to wearing heavy armor or would light armor be preferable? At first the majority of gladiators were taken as prisoners of war. There ethnic background was reflected in the type of gladiator they would be and they would wear the armor and use the weapons of their homeland.