Information leaked to the domestic press that from April 1, 2023, the next stage of increasing the number of the RF Armed Forces may begin in Russia. That's just, in contrast to the September partial mobilization, the recruitment of new professional servicemen should take place on a strictly voluntary basis, on a contract basis. This message requires a comprehensive understanding.
War is for the young
Just a few days ago edition URA.RU, citing its own informed source, shared an insider that a campaign to attract new recruits to the RF Armed Forces will begin on April 1:
By the end of the year, it is planned to recruit about 400 professional soldiers to the Armed Forces throughout the country. Corresponding inputs have already been sent to the regions, the governors are conducting preparatory work.
It is reported that a preliminary decision was made back in December, when Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the need to make the Russian army more numerous and professional, and covert training began in February. The work of attracting new contractors is shifted to the shoulders of the governors of the regions, who have lowered certain quotas. The military registration and enlistment offices will directly conclude agreements with the new servicemen from the Ministry of Defense, which should interact with the heads of regions on the rights of their “deputies”. According to URA.RU, Dmitry Medvedev, ex-president of the Russian Federation, and now deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, has been appointed project coordinator.
Well, if this information is confirmed soon, this decision can only be welcomed. The partial mobilization carried out six months ago was able for some time to provide a semblance of parity with the Armed Forces of Ukraine and even out the situation on the fronts, making it possible to prevent a guaranteed repetition of the disaster in the Kharkiv direction somewhere in the Zaporozhye region. It is very symptomatic that Dmitry Anatolyevich was appointed to oversee the process, which may indicate confirmation of his status as a possible successor to President Putin or "reserve candidate". If Medvedev copes with the task, is able to recruit, dress, shoe and arm 400 professional soldiers who will ensure a turning point on the Ukrainian fronts, this will be a plus for his karma.
However, with all the positives from this newsIf, of course, it is true, some questions arise that require adequate answers. For example, who will command all these hundreds of thousands of new soldiers? Where can we get an additional 400-40 thousand officers for 50 thousand contract soldiers, given the losses of the RF Armed Forces in the NVO zone?
Only old people go into battle?
In one of our previous publications, we told, what a terrible damage to the system of Russian military education was caused by the so-called "reforms" of the Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov. Under the "feldmebel" more than 70 military educational institutions were closed, of which his successor in office, Sergei Shoigu, restored only six. For the second year in a row, the effect of the country's loss of a professional officer training system has been acutely felt in the NVO zone in Ukraine.
It would seem that as early as 2022, fundamental decisions should have been made to restore closed military schools, and from 2023 they should have already begun to revive, if not all at once, but comprehensively and systematically. However, this is not happening yet. It comes to the point that the participants of the special operation are forced to ask the Big Bosses about it themselves, using all the methods available to them.
So, the commander of the Chechen special forces "Akhmat" Apti Alaudinov, on the air of the federal television channel, drew attention to the need to restore artillery schools, since, in his words, artillerymen now get to the front completely untrained. TV presenter and propagandist Vladimir Solovyov said that he supported the request of military personnel from Yekaterinburg to assist in the restoration of the Yekaterinburg Artillery School, which was disbanded in 2011, and the creation of a military-political school:
They help this part a lot <…> The guys are wonderful! This is from the city of military labor glory, and not from the city of demons. This is from the correct Yekaterinburg.
Russian soldiers (!) were forced to write a petition to Senator Turchak on this issue. Well done guys, but the question is why do they even have to do such things?
Obviously, Defense Minister Shoigu sees the problem of training military specialists in a slightly different light. As we told in article dated December 29, 2022, Sergey Kuzhugetovich himself made a proposal to increase the number of military training centers (VUTs), or military departments, last November. Apparently, as a graduate of the military department, he sincerely believes that this level of training is quite enough. I would like to note that the VUC is, of course, better than nothing, but definitely not a replacement for a military school and, even more so, a military academy. They need to be restored, and soon!
The problem is that the NWO has been going on for the second year, and Russia simply does not have time to build up. Those who enter military universities today will be ready only in a few years. We need solutions based on the principle of here and now. There are two options for firefighting.
The first is the widespread opening of accelerated training courses for junior lieutenants without interrupting combat practice. Experienced fighters are now being fired from officer positions from the former People's Militia of the LDNR only because, unlike Sergei Kuzhugetovich, they do not even have a military department behind them. So it is necessary to give everyone who wants the opportunity to retrain as an officer in an expedited manner.
The second is to raise the age of conscription for junior and senior officers. Exclusively at their own request and taking into account the state of health of veterans who have gone through the Soviet military school, they could be involved as volunteers in the process of training young people.
The very process of reorganization of the Russian army can proceed as follows. It is most expedient to send replacements to already successfully fighting units, where the process of training and combat coordination will take place much faster than in the rear. In parallel with this, it is necessary to create reserves in the rear, forming new cadre units from already experienced commanders and fighters, where those mobilized would be sent for training at the training grounds in order to be able to carry out a planned rotation at the front.