Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sverdlovsk military enlistment triples over 2012

The number of young people in the Sverdlovsk region enlisting in the Russian army has tripled since 2012, according to Eugene Sorkovsky, the deputy head of recruitment for the Russian military.

Approximately 700 Sverdlovsk citizens enlisted in the army in 2012--that number grew to 2,000 in 2013. As of June 30, 1,200 Sverdlovsk residents have enlisted in the army, putting regional recruitment on track to triple its 2012 enrollment, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

As part of its recruiting strategy, the Russian army seeks out people who have recently lost their jobs or have not yet started their careers and promises them free food, lodging and a steady paycheck for a minimum of one year.

Many of the Sverdlovsk region's recruits are stationed in local military units, while others have been deployed to bases as far away is Tajikistan. New recruits are told they may have to serve parts of their contracts in Crimea, but no official deployment to Ukraine has yet been ordered, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Currently, new recruits have the option to serve a one-year contract with free access to nearby cities, but the choice is usually reserved for conscripts who already hold college degrees. Recruits with lower education levels are typically allowed to leave the barracks only after serving a minimum of three months.