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Russia called, calls, and call on more soldiers, conscripts

January 24 2008
16:20

Last Tuesday, Vasily Smirnov, head of the Main organizational-mobilization department of the General Staff (GOMU), unveiled the results of the country fall draft. According to him, past draft campaign is strikingly different from the previous one.

"We anticipate that the number of recruits will increase two-fold. In spring 2008, 250,000 people will not call because it is not necessary. The main burden will begin in the autumn of 2008" - said Smirnov. Recall that last fall the soldiers were 133,350 young people. Such an increase in the number of recruits is primarily due to the cancellation of a series of military deferment, which increased the number of srochknikov at least 90-100 thousand people a year.

Another important aspect of the last appeal is to reduce the service life. Autumn Hit conscripts in the armed forces and a half years, and spring otsluzhat all year. "On the upcoming changes we are preparing for the last four years, and I can responsibly say: conscript reform will not affect the combat readiness of the Armed Forces", - said Vasily Smirnov. However, according to former committee member State Duma Defense Nikolai Bezborodov, a decrease in the life of a serious blow to qualification of the Russian army as a whole. He also noted that the most severe will be the situation with the troops requires good technical and specialized training, such as the Air Force and Air Defense Forces, Strategic Rocket Forces, the Space Troops, etc.

Reduction in life expectancy - just at first glance. The fact that the main task of the army to teach young people the basics of military affairs. Consequently, a program for a two-year, required serious treatment. In society there is a perception that such reforms will help to increase of the phenomenon of bullying. The military is on the contrary, argue that it is now bullying will not be in principle. Those who served two years and recruits new generation "to each other will not intersect. And the sergeants would complain only konraktnikov.

It is worth noting that with the abolition of military deferments significantly improved the quality of the army. For the first time in the military drew attention to the level of education - the ranks of soldiers filled up only boys who have completed ninth grade. Also for military service began to attract more college graduates, they accounted for 15-20% of the total number of enlisted last call. Significantly decreased the number of recruits with antisocial behavior.

"Defense Ministry believes that this year the number of evaders will be reduced. Unfortunately, the negative aspects associated with the avoidance of citizens from military service, remain. During the period of the autumn conscription 10,657 people shied away from military conscription, "- says General Smirnov. Here it is worth noting that the number of draft dodgers still slowly declining. In 2005, 15,000, and in 2006 there were 12,000 and in 2007, and even less (exact data not yet been announced).

However, not all that bright. Experts predict that by 2010 the Russian army will be covered the so-called "conscript pit. This is due to primarily to a decrease in the total number of troops. Then, most likely, will have to mobilize all forces and voenonachalnikam would no longer up to the selection by educational level.

Tatiana Yablochkina

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