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Where Conscripts Serve

By Russian Defense Policy

At the draft board in Volgograd Oblast

At the draft board in Volgograd Oblast

Russia is in the throes of its spring military draft running from April 1 to July 15. The MOD will induct 142,000 young men into the armed services and units of other “power” structures, i.e. Natsgvardiya, MChS, etc. Last spring the military took 155,000. The increasing number of contract soldiers is steadily reducing the requirement for conscripts.

A close look at the draft may allow for some surmises (perhaps insights) into how the Russian Federation Armed Forces are composed. But patience during a bit of discourse will be required.

The media in some regions have reported about where their young men will serve.

  • In Rostov Oblast — Russia’s sixth most populous region, 5,000 men will be drafted. According to the Don24.ru portal, fully 75 percent will serve somewhere in the Southern MD. Sixty percent — or 3,000 — will serve in the Ground Troops. Some 600 will go to VKS units. Rostov will send 134 to the Navy, and 15 to the Kremlin’s elite Presidential Regiment. No word on the destination of the remaining 1,251.
  • Russia’s seventh most populated territory Bashkortostan will send more than 5,100 men to the military, reports Bashinform.ru. The Ground Troops will get 2,500 of them. The Natsgvardiya gets 565, RVSN 560, VDV 180, and MOD “units of central subordination” 170. No indication about the other 1,125 or so.
  • In Tatarstan — eighth by population — Gazetadaily.ru indicates that 4,000 conscripts will be sent to troop units. Some 1,668 will be in the Ground Troops, 516 to the VKS, 440 Natsgvardiya, 320 Navy, and 280 RVSN. Assignments for 776 were not identified.
  • Udmurtiya will send 1,100 of its citizens into the military this spring. This includes 528 …read more

    From:: Russian Defense Policy

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