6 During the Russian Army Draft

During the Russian Army Draft

Posted on October 28, 2015 by tim

In Russia, military conscription is compulsory and drafts happen two times a year – in spring and in fall. Since it’s fall outside, the draft is going on and thanks to the Russian blogger, Yaroslav, we are able to see the photos from inside the drafting facility where young boys, usually who have reached eighteen years old, come to become soldiers for the next twelve months of their lives. Usually, young men in Russia are afraid of this as there were tons of horror stories (and videos!) from the army about how the younger soldiers are being humiliated and beaten. However, they say its getting better lately – hard to say if its a PR stunt or things really are getting better. Anyways, thanks again to Yaroslav and here are the photos and a story from inside a Russian army drafting center:

It’s already cold outside says Yaroslav, and you have to arrive at the draft point early in the morning. If you don’t arrive – its an offense and you would be punished. So the first fifty people have arrived and you see them being greeted by a tough army man.

Yaroslav got lucky and waited from THIS side of the window, together with privileged people – officers.

And here are the future soldiers. Most came with their personal belongings, as they go right from this point to their service place. They say the that the main rule for having a cell phone is – don’t bring expensive phones, iPhones etc – as they would be stolen or taken away by other soldiers.

Now, each future soldiers goes into this room to receive his personal army ID called “Voenny Bilet” or “Army Ticket” and a bank card. Each month the soldier will receive 2,000 roubles on this card. It’s roughly $35 a month.

Here the lady checks the fingerprints taken from tomorrow’s soldiers.

Meanwhile this is another group the soldiers who arrived there even earlier.  They are already dressed and ready to be sent into army.

So they are being lined up outside. Near the church belonging to the army.

The Russian Orthodox priest comes out and starts talking about the importance of army service and how great were the Russian military heroes of the past.

Yaroslav says it was a pretty interesting story.

And here Yaroslav gets back to the first group. They are receiving their uniforms and everyday casual clothing.

Also some personal hygiene items kit – napkins, tooth brushes, hair brushes, needles and threads to fix the holes on their cloths, personal plastic cup, nail clipper, shampoo, shower and shave gel, deodorant, anti fungus gel for their feet, band aids, shaving razors – that’s a huge kit.

Here is what it looks like.

And now it’s time to get dressed. They have already got the army-issued flip-flops in army-green color. Yesterday, all those kids were free and easy, and are now conscripted and won’t be free until next fall.

Officers look tough. This green box is a food ration which goes to each new soldier while he is traveling to his army service place.

Here they receive their uniforms.

Putting the shoe laces in.

Meanwhile the older soldiers who were not conscripted today but have served for a while clean up the drafting point court.

More fingerprinting.

Then some computer tests to see if they are psychically normal. Yaroslav says all were pretty normal.

Some more tests.

And here, the boys are ready to be sent to the army.

Ladies here at the drafting point are always cheerful – they see so many young men each day. This girl, Nadezhda, shows Yaroslav her newly fashioned army jacket. Looks like she is a “major”.

Nadezhda Petrova – Army of Russia.

Hope you liked this story!

Thanks a lot to Yaroslav, his website is below:


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6 Responses to “During the Russian Army Draft”

  1. john says:

    I like the lady,much more then the story.

  2. fin says:

    Ha! enjoy your service mornings
    t finnish reservist

  3. L'hiver says:

    That coat actually looks pretty cozy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In what city were these photos taken?

  5. Jim Philopena says:

    A US Soldier earns at least 96,805.70 Rubles a Month! If he lives with his wife you can add several thousand Rubles.


    All American Soldiers, Airman, Sailors and Marines are volunteers and not conscripts.

  6. Douglas says:

    Only about 11% of Russian males serve in the military.

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