Eight men organised into a single tent with a mule for carrying the kit, occasionally with a slave to service kit and cook.
A single Contubernium will usually have:
- A sturdy leather tent in a box A-frame style
- A small clay oven for baking bread
- General tools for repairing armour and weapons in the field
- Bedrolls for all Legionaries
- Table and Chairs
- Eight sets of Legionary Armour
- Eight Gladius Short Swords
- Sixteen Pilum Javelin
- Eight backup daggers
- Eight rectangular Legionary shields
The Contubernium is usually led by the most senior soldier in the group and holds an informal rank as a junior non commissioned officer (Decanus). They report to the leader of the Cohort who gives out orders.
The strength of the Contubernium is in team work, a row of 4 Legionaries side by side with Gladii and Shields ready is a formidable force and can hold virtually any ground due to their training.