We found out what professions the Russian army needs the most
On Thursday, October 14, a press conference was held at the press center of Komsomolskaya Pravda on the topic of entering military service under a contract in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The head of the selection point for military service under the contract of the city of Samara, Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Savchenko and the head of the personnel department of military unit 90600, Major Evgeny Filatov, spoke about the peculiarities of contract service and the selection criteria for the honorary place of a serviceman in the ranks of our army.
The Samara point of selection for military service under a contract is 10 years old this year. According to statistics, about 1000 people from the Samara region sign a contract annually on military service. In 2021, more than 600 people have already left for various military units of the country to conclude a contract.
This year, citizens aged 21 to 25 most often want to serve under a contract – 40% of the total. The second largest age group is from 18 to 20 years old – 27%.
A distinctive feature of contract service in the ranks of the Armed Forces is that women can also serve. Of course, the range of positions here is more limited than among men – mostly the fair sex serves as medical workers or in the ranks of communications.
Among men, the range of possible positions is extensive – everyone can find a place to their liking. A person can become a scout, a grenade launcher, a shooter, a driver, a leader of service dogs, a telephone operator, a cook, or even a soloist or accompanist of an orchestra. Especially in the Samara region, drivers are needed today. According to Evgeny Nikolaevich, the place is good and highly paid – a car is assigned to a person, and the salary in this military position is from 37,000 rubles.
In general, the issue of allowances is a particularly pleasant aspect of contract service. Salaries, taking into account all allowances and surcharges, can be from 32 thousand rubles (for example, for a shooter) and from 55 thousand rubles for a deputy platoon commander. The same machine gunner with a length of service from 2 to 5 years receives an average of 35 thousand rubles, and the squad leader 47 thousand. Additional payments can be accrued for commanding a unit, for length of service, for special conditions of military service, for class qualifications, for conscientious performance of official duties, for passing the standards of physical fitness, for work with information that constitutes a state secret, etc.
In addition to additional payments, contract service in the army is a very profitable and honorable business. If a young man is subject to conscription and has a higher or secondary vocational education, he may, instead of undergoing military service for 1 year, enroll in military service under a 2-year contract. Entering military service under a contract, a citizen has the right to choose a specialty and a military unit – a settlement for military service. This year in the Samara region, more than 180 citizens chose this type of service in the army. Contracted employees have weekends and vacations – up to 30 days a year under normal conditions or up to 60 under special conditions. A contractor may not live in a barracks, but in a service apartment or a hostel, or even rent an apartment – the contractor will be paid monthly compensation for renting premises.