# In 3.5e, does one have to be a martial adept class to use maneuvers?

I'm preparing for a 3.5e game, and I wanted to be a fighter or a marshal, but I also want to be able to use the maneuvers for martial classes. It does not say that one must be a swordsage, warblade, or crusader to use these actions, but it also does not say that one has to be that either. Please help!

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Other classes can learn maneuvers by taking the Martial Study feat (ToB p31-32), which teaches you a new martial maneuver each time you take it. You can only take it three times, however, so without taking levels in swordsage, warblade, or crusader, you can only ever have 3 maneuvers known. In addition, these maneuvers will only have an initiator level of half your character level, and you'll have no way to recharge them during a fight. You can also take Martial Stance, which lets you learn any stance you meet the requirements for; there's no limit on how many times you can take it, but you won't meet the requirements for very many stances with just 3 maneuvers. Note that both Martial Study and Martial Stance can be selected with fighter bonus feats.
You can add a couple maneuvers to make another character a little more exciting, but if you really like maneuvers and want to be using a bunch of them, you pretty much have to take at least a couple levels in a ToB class, and it's best to take the first level in the ToB class at the same level you first take Martial Study or before then, because of how Martial Study maneuvers recharge. – Oblivious Sage Jul 22 '12 at 20:43