I'm trying to write the sentence,
Lower-grade soldiers made up two-thirds of the putative high quality army.
My original sentence was:
Lower-grade soldiers made up two-thirds of what was supposed to be a high quality army.
To make the sentence more efficient and more suitable for a formal paper, I tried looking up one word that would fit in there and came up with putative. Am I using the word properly?
I was also considering reputed, but the definition of putative ("commonly regarded as being: the putative father") seemed to fit better for what I'm trying to get at.