Russia moves toward dropping age limits for military service.

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Russia is moving toward eliminating age limits for military service — an apparent effort to expand the pool of potential recruits amid heavy casualties in Ukraine.

Under an amendment introduced by senior lawmakers, Russians older than 40 would be able to sign first-time military service contracts. The law would bring in more service members with in-demand specialties, such as medical workers and engineers, a statement from the lower house of Parliament said on Friday.

“Highly professional specialists are needed” to operate military equipment, the statement said, making no mention of a manpower shortage in the field.
But experts say Russia is suffering from a manpower shortage as it takes losses in Ukraine.
President Vladimir V. Putin has resisted putting his country on wartime footing and ordering a large-scale military draft, apparently fearing domestic backlash. Instead, the Russian military has stepped up its recruitment drive. Under the current law, Russian citizens must be aged 18 to 40 to sign a first-time military service contract.
The draft amendment released on Friday is likely to pass Russia’s rubber-stamp Parliament. The bill’s authors are the top lawmakers on the lower house’s Defense Committee.


 

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So you gave the order…

We got him!
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I just can't understand Russia's difficulty in Ukraine especially with the fantastic strategy coming from the Kremlin. After all, Putin is impressive, savvy, brilliant, smart, and a genius while our leaders here in the US are dumb. It's just really hard to fathom.
 

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I just can't understand Russia's difficulty in Ukraine especially with the fantastic strategy coming from the Kremlin. After all, Putin is impressive, savvy, brilliant, smart, and a genius while our leaders here in the US are dumb. It's just really hard to fathom.
I know there is a bit of sarcasm intended, bu Plenty of historical examples when the underdogs handed the bigger, better-funded, better-organized and better-equipped powers their asses. Brits got clocked twice (Revolutionary War and War of 1812), Confederates legit gave the Union a run for their money in the Civil War, Viet Cong fought Western powers to a stalemate and ultimately caused them to withdraw, and the same thing happened to the Soviets in Afghanistan). This isn’t anything historic.
 

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They should focus on lowering the BAC of their recruits, and forget about the age limit.
 
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I know there is a bit of sarcasm intended, but Plenty of historical examples when the underdogs handed the bigger, better-funded, better-organized and better-equipped powers their asses. Brits got clocked twice (Revolutionary War and War of 1812), Confederates legit gave the Union a run for their money in the Civil War, Viet Cong fought Western powers to a stalemate and ultimately caused them to withdraw, and the same thing happened to the Soviets in Afghanistan). This isn’t anything historic.
Three that come to mind:

Agincourt

Dien Bien Phu

The Battle of Stirling Bridge
 
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