Magazine article Russian Life

Army Reform Set. (Note Book)

Magazine article Russian Life

Army Reform Set. (Note Book)

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Under a plan approved by President Vladimir Putin, by 2010 the Russian army will switch from its current draft-based system to a contract-based system. The government will develop a detailed plan for the transition by 2004, with the plan to execute in the ensuing 6 years.

According to the head of the Main Draft Department of the Russian General Staff, General Colonel Vladislav Putilin, the military realized two years ago that Russia's demographic situation necessitated this change. By the year 20l0-2011, the army's draft would bring in only 30-40% of needed force levels. A recent eye-opening report prepared by Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov detailing these realities prompted Putin to charge the government to prepare the plan.

According to Putilin, the transition will cost hundreds of billions of rubles. For example, the financing of one infantry division comprised of contract servicemen (called in Russian kontraktniki) will cost at least 30% more than one made up of draftees. …

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