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10 Oct 2019 9:13 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Attrition: Russia Losses Its Edge" to "Attrition: Russia Loses Its Edge"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2019 8:47 p.m. PST

"Russia recently revealed that its 2015 program to offer para-military training to teenagers had so far gained 350,000 members (and has a goal of one million). The program provides various programs to keep the kids busy and more patriotic. Another reason for the program is to prepare young men for military service. Russia still uses conscription but popular pressure has forced the government to reduce conscript service to one year and because so much of that time has to be spent with training (to turn civilians into useful soldiers) the military gets little practical use out of conscripts. Successful graduates of the para-military training programs can undergo a shorter form of basic training and gain an edge in getting choice assignments. The military hopes to convert many of the para-military trained recruits (especially conscripts) into career soldiers and a source of NCOs and officers.

The damage the one-year conscript service did to the military was never officially admitted until recently because senior officers were told that anyone speaking about this publicly would do serious damage to their careers. But, as officers with knowledge of the extent of the damage retired or resigned from the military, more of them spoke openly of the problem. Because of the growing demand for troops to serve in eastern Ukraine and Syria, there was more discussion on the Internet of the negative impact one-year conscripts have inflicted. Denials from the government were no longer working and active duty generals and admirals unofficially admitted it was all true, and that it was actually as bad as much of the Internet chatter implied. It was no secret that the presence of so many ill-trained conscripts in the military discouraged men from joining as volunteers (contract soldiers) and many existing officers and career enlisted men were leaving as well. For years it had been generally believed that the only effective units in the Russian military were the 100,000 or so troops in the Spetsnaz (special operations) and airborne units and even these units took some conscript volunteers and used them for support jobs requiring less training and experience…"
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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 2:21 a.m. PST

They really have two armies, the concript units ( with pro cadre) and the professionals. Like most cold war European Nato. Half of the total is professional, obviously more in the navy and air forces.
I can tell you they do train with lots of live ammo;)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 10:49 a.m. PST



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