Russian Defense Ministry creating a “Youth Army”

"Youth Army" organized by the Russian Defense Ministry (Image: RIA)

"Youth Army" organized by the Russian Defense Ministry (Image: RIA) 

2016/05/31 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

As part of its program to restore Soviet-era practices of pre-induction military training, something the LDNR has been pressing for since last year, the Russian defense ministry has announced plans to create a new militarized youth movement that will provide military training to young people before they reach draft age.

On the one hand, such a program will help the Russian armed services by ensuring that draftees will know something about military standards before they report for duty. And on the other, it will give the regime yet another force it can use either to drain off energy from other paramilitary groups in Russia or alternatively to fight them or others in the streets.

Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu announces the creation of the Youth Army militarized movement, May 2016 (Image: rt.com)

Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu announces the creation of the Youth Army militarized movement, May 2016 (Image: rt.com)

Yesterday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told a meeting of 500 delegates from 85 regions at Moscow’s Patriot Park that he and his ministry are committed to establishing “hundreds of centers of patriotic training and hundreds of centers of Youth Army throughout the country.”

“We will do everything in order that you will be the strongest, the most intelligent, the most handsome and what is the chief thing the most worthy citizens of our country,” Shoigu said, via a system of military-sports competitions, clubs and spartakiads of various kinds of military-related skills. The ministry “already developed a structure of the Youth Army movement tied to locations of military bases, commissariats, service academies, and facilities of DOSAAF [the paramilitary Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Fleet organized in 1927 – Ed.]  and TsSKA [Central Sports Club of the Red Army – Ed.].”

A week ago, the defense ministry said that the Youth Army movement would be organized over the course of the summer and that it would be fully operational by September 1. It added that its members would study “the foundations of tactical operations and the military history of Russia.”

A defense ministry source told the Grani.ru portal that “’the Youth Army’ will have a full-scale military-patriotic and military-sports program” and that its members would practice shooting skills with pneumatic weapons.”


Related:

Edited by: A. N.

Tags: , , , , ,

  • Randolph Carter

    “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” – Adolf Hitler

    The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.
    Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/author/6758-Adolf_Hitler
    The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.
    Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/author/6758-Adolf_Hitler

  • Randolph Carter

    “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” – Adolf Hitler

    • Quartermaster

      The conversion of the Russian state to full blown fascism proceeds apace.

  • Dirk Smith

    More cannon fodder for the kremlin criminals. Just like old times in Muscovy. Land of slaves.

  • tarawabrat

    Really nothing to see here, just a bunch of boy scouts. I’d bet my heart, lungs and kidneys that the junior officers in the Russian army aren’t even one thousandth (0.001, vanishingly small, tenth of a percent, etc.) as much twisted and crazy as Putin and his … … pals? Cronies? Un-indicted co-conspirators?

  • Alex George

    “As part of its program to restore Soviet-era practices …”

    Yes, may as well be honest about it.

    I suggest “Putinjugend” would be a good name. ;o)