Tag: Conscription

  • Is there an epidemic of pneumonia among soldiers in Leningrad Oblast?

    Almost 1000 draftees from Leningrad Oblast have been hospitalized in less than two months, reports Ekho Moskvy. According to the radio station, most of the soldiers have been diagnosed with pneumonia. There are no official statements about the apparent epidemic. Ekho Moskvy says that the sick soldiers are brought to the hospital in Saint Petersburg…

  • Knowledge increases support for women soldiers, says Estonian study

    Andres Siplane in an ICDS report about Women in the Estonian Defense Forces: “As an important observation, it has to be pointed out that support for women serving in the [Estonian Defense Forces] is much higher among active service personnel than in society in general.[…] While in society in general almost half of the respondents…

  • Is Finland setting the example for military leadership?

    Finland is getting positive attention for their approach to military leadership and the remarkable defense preparedness of the Finns.

  • Finland and the art of self-reliance in national defense

    Good look at the defense philosophy in Finland by Teri Schultz in DW. And what a contrast to many other countries in the Baltic region that have perfected the art of being dependent on USA. President Sauli Niinisto says Finland – with a population of 5.2 million, a border with Russia that runs 1,340 kilometers…

  • Russia continues move to more professional military

    Russia has called in 134,000 new conscripts to begin 12 months of military training in the fourth quarter of 2017. The schedule is such that new recruits begin in the second and fourth quarters, and together with the spring draft the total number for 2017 is up to 276,000 conscripts. Although that is a very…