Russia Calls Up Reservist Civilians For Military Training
Russian President Putin has signed a Presidential Decree stating that Russian citizens who are currently in military reserve are to be called for additional training this year.
The decree covers all aspects from Administrative, Governmental, the FSB, National Guard and the Armed Forces. No further details where issued as concerns who and when training should commence, these to be released under instructions from the relevant government and military units.
Russian men are obliged to commit to national service, being a 12-month draft, which is mandatory for all male citizens age 18–27 with some exceptions.
It is unclear what has prompted the call up, possibly to ensure discipline and updates on military activities as a result of Covid-19 impacting troop levels. It may also be designed to boost overall civilian fitness and health in order to combat a potential second wave of Covid-19 during the coming autumn and winter, or to boost emergency services at that time.
Russia has been badly hit by Covid-19 with some 641,156 cases of coronavirus infection reported so far and 9,166 deaths. Calling up civilians for military training is one way of boosting national health and security at a time of global stress.
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