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Russian Military Personnel

All Russian men between the ages of 18 and 27 are obliged by law to perform one year of military service. In 2015, the total number of conscripts in the Russian army was 297,100 people - is one of the lowest in the past ten years. The most popular in the twenty-first century was an appeal to the Russian army in 2009 - 576,580 people. Then, 305,560 people were called in the spring.

As of January 2017, the number of people working for the Russian military totaled 1,897,694, including 1,013,000 active servicemen and women. The number of Russias military personnel will rise by 19,000, increasing the total to more than 1.9 million by July 1, according to a decree signed 30 March 2017 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Of the additional 19,000 employees, 13,698 will be active military servicemen and 5,357 will be civilian workers.

Military Personnel Levels

According to the War Department, by the end of 2016 the armed forces personnel manning was 93% - 930,000 people. Of these, 384,000 were soldiers and sergeants on contract, 270,000 were conscripts, and 225,000 were officers. There was a shortage of at least 50,000 men. This figure accounts for soldiers and sergeants on contract, the number of which in 2017 should be 425,000.

According to official data, the strength of the Russian Armed Forces was estimated in 2012 at 774,500 personnel, including 220,000 officers and about 200,000 contracted soldiers. The military needed to recruit about 300,000 men during each annual draft to keep the number of personnel at the required level of 1 million.

The Defense Ministry planned in July 2015 to cut nearly 17,000 military and about 30,000 civilian personnel due to the construction of new ammunition stockpiles. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that the agency planned in 2015 to build more than 450 ammunition storage facilities and thus complete the arrangement of 13 modern arsenals. According to him, the establishment of new stockpiles will be fully completed later in the year. "Declined by almost 17 thousand soldiers who are now in storage and nearly 30,000 civilian personnel", - he said. The new arsenals move all missile and artillery weapons, said the representative of the Ministry of Defense. "That is, we remove from the open areas," - he explained.

Russian President Vladimir Putin established the full strength of the Armed Forces at 1.88 million units, including 1 million personnel, a presidential decree published 08 July 2016 stated. The order entered into force from the date of its signing. "Set the strength of the Russian Armed Forces in the amount of 1,885,371 units, including 1,000,000 military personnel," the decree read.

"If earlier the majority of complaints concerned delay or exemption from conscription, but now most of the conscripts concerned issues of military service for specific types and combat arms of the Armed Forces," according to Chief of the Main Organization and Mobilization Directorate (Mobilization) General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, speaking 31 March 2016. First of all, young people want to serve in the Airborne Forces, Special Forces and Marine Corps, as well as in scientific and industrial battalions, said Tonkoshkurov. "In addition, many recruits from among the recognized unfit for service for health care the question of how to pass military service", - said Head of Mobilization. Taking into account the wishes and to adapt to military service before being drafted in the autumn of 2015 began an experiment on combined arms and airborne training recruits on the basis of three military units Airborne and four regional organizations DOSAAF Russia, recalled Tonkoshkurov.

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