Skip to comments.Attrition: Russia Makes It Easier For College Students To Avoid The Army
Posted on 02/27/2014 9:25:07 PM PST by cunning_fish
February 26, 2014: Russia is expanding a program that allows young men to avoid conscription (usually by bribing their way out of it) with a new college program. Men can study military matters for 450 hours during two years and then undergo three months of training at an army base. After that the student enters the reserves as an enlisted soldier. Those who do very well in their military studies go into the reserves as junior NCOs (sergeants). Russian military leaders also know from experience that a small, but significant percentage of those who take this university level reservist course opt to join the active military and become career officers or NCOs.
The Russian reserves dont train or get called up as much as the American ones do, or even those of most other Western countries. That may change, and if it does Russia wants to have some quality people in the reserves to make it work. This military training for college students has been in operation since 2008, but at only 72 schools and for fewer than 250,000 students. Now all universities in Russia will carry the program, opening it up to some three million students.
Russians can delay the draft by attending university but eventually the military will seek out graduates or dropouts to get them for their one year of service. This has been getting more difficult since the 1990s and the end of the Cold War. As a result the Russian government has been under growing pressure to get rid of conscription. Unable to do that because so few people are willing to join the military (even at competitive pay rates), the government has improved living conditions (a lot) and tried some pretty exotic ploys to encourage young men to join, or not dodge the draft.
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The main problem is the low quality of conditions for military service and the lack of prestige it holds in Russia.
For a long time, the country has lived off its proudest achievement, the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War. But that’s increasingly history.
As the events in Ukraine have shown, rebuilding and re-equipping Russia’s Armed Forces and creating a professional volunteer army cannot wait. Everything else has to take a back seat.
Russia cannot aspire to be a great power without a strong military and without it, it cannot even defend its own interests in the “near abroad.”
Even their proudest achievement would not have been reality save for the Allied effort on the western front of WW2. USSR, was for all intent and purpose, beat, when we bailed them out. Putin is equally as treacherous in his intent as Stalin.
Russia recently called a snap training exercise on its border with the Ukraine which involves 150,000 troops and represents about 20% of its armed forces. More than adequate to defend its sphere of influence.