The warriors of Maasailand were mainly responsible for the protection of the tribe. The warriors of Maasailand were made of youngsters. The warriors of Maasailand organised cattle raids and defended the community. The powers of different pastoral groups were asserted through raids. Young men had to prove their manliness by participating in wars, by raiding the cattle of other pastoral groups. This is how they gained their recognition as members of the warrior class. The warriors of Maasailand were under the control of the Elders. The Maasai society was divided into warriors and elders. The Elders decided on disputes and affairs of the community.