In Russia, the army is increased to 1.5 million people

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Russia is increasing its army to 1.5 million people


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a meeting on increasing the size of the armed forces to 1.5 million people. This reports the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

At the meeting, Shoigu instructed to form an army corps in the Republic of Karelia, three motorized rifle divisions in the Ground Forces and two air assault divisions in the Airborne Forces, as well as to strengthen the combat component of the Navy, the Aerospace Forces and the Strategic Missile Forces.

He also ordered the creation of two military districts – Moscow and Leningrad.

During the meeting, Shoigu announced the need to create self-sufficient groupings of troops in the occupied territories of Ukraine, as well as to reorganize seven motorized rifle brigades in the Western, Central, Eastern military districts and the Northern Fleet into motorized rifle divisions.


The proposed changes to the composition, strength and structure of the RF Armed Forces are planned to be introduced during 2023-2026, the head of the RF Ministry of Defense said.

On December 21, at an expanded board under the leadership of Putin, Shoigu announced the need to increase the number of military personnel of the RF Armed Forces to 1 .5 million people, including contract soldiers – up to 695 thousand people.

The head of the Ministry of Defense also proposed to gradually change the boundaries of the draft age. He proposed raising the age of enlistment for military service from 18 to 21 years, and maximum draft age – from 27 to 30 years old.  Putin supported the initiatives of the head of the Ministry of Defense.

On January 1, the decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin “On the establishment of the authorized strength of the armed forces of the Russian Federation”, which determined the number of military personnel of the RF Armed Forces, came into force 1 150,628 people.

Earlier, BAGNET reported that the Russian Ministry of Defense let slip that Russians would serve in the army twice as long.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga 

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