Survival training course in the western military region.
220 thousand contract officers and more than 180 thousand contract soldiers and sergeants are planned to serve in the Russian army in 2012.
To be a contract soldier one has to go through such survival training course in field conditions and confirm professional aptitude.
More than 7000 servicemen came to go through the training course.
The program of the course includes firing and engineering training, chemical and radiation protection, medical assistance etc. The servicemen have to reach the qualifying standard in each discipline and get good marks.
There are many women among the contract sldiers. Usually they are headquarters employees, workers of army signals, medical workers etc. For many of them it's the first experience of such kind.