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Post 04 Jul 2010, 08:56
Does anybody know what the physical training regime was for regular troops and/or special forces in the Red Army?
Post 06 Aug 2010, 21:31
I have also wondered about this.

I remember reading that the average training of a Red Army solider was incredibly more harsh and rougher than a U.S. soldiers training.

Anyone know where this idea or comment came from?
Post 07 Aug 2010, 12:39
Even before entering military service, the Pioneer organization and schools organized national competitive "military-sport games", which included athletic competition, taught military command structure, the use of small caliber guns and hand grenades, marching, tactical games, and political indoctrination. Senior students 16-18 would participate in these games. Apparently (according to Scott & Scott's 1979 book "The Armed Forces of the USSR") this pre-service training was organized beginning in the late 1960s, when war with China came to be viewed as a real possibility. Beginning in the 70s, a minimum of 140 hours of beginning military training became a requirement for students and working youth, along with 30 hours of training at camp -which included practice firing with live ammunition under realistic training conditions. Girls were taught the fundamentals of military training, civil defense and first aid.

Quoting Scott & Scott's book, p.318-319.:

"In theory, the young soldier [upon enlisting]...has received sufficient premilitary training to enable thim immediately to take an active part in the regiment to which he is assigned. His first few weeks in service are spent reviewing military fundamentals such as drill and handling basic weapons...Certain individuals, selected to become specialists on the basis of their education and training, are sent to special schools for courses that last as long as six months. Candidates for sergeant receive their six months of trainin in the school run by the regiment...

Training simulates combat conditions as closely as possible. Manuevers by regiments and divisions take place in the spring and the fall at the end of each training period, preceding military call-up and release times. Major maneuvers, which may involve two or more military districts, or perhaps one of the groups of forces abroad, are held occassionally, on no apparent schedule. Maneuvers may be conducted to test a new type of equipment, such as the BMP, or a new concept...

Different types of training are given to inductees in the various services or in individual components of the Soviet Armed Forces, such as the Border Guards or Civil Defense troops. The Strategic Rocket Forces or Air Forces may require that a large percentage of the new recruits be sent immediately to specialist school. In general the individual will be taught to perform only a specific function, with little cross-training in other skills."


Table 12
A Typical Day in the Life of an Inductee

0600-0609 Reville
0610-0630 Tidying up
0630-0650 Barracks time
0650-0720 Morning inspection
0725-0755 Breakfast
0800-1400 Training periods (six fifty-minute periods with ten minute breaks between)
1400-1440 Dinner
1440-1510 After dinner time
1510-1530 Maintenance: personal, weapon, and equipment
1530-1830 Political education work (Monday and Thursday)
1530-1830 Equipment Maintenance (Tuesday and Friday)
1530-1830 Sports (Wednesday and Saturday)
1830-1940 Self-preparation or homework
1940-2010 Supper
2010-2040 Personal time
2040-2155 Evening walk and checkup
2200 Lights out
Post 08 Aug 2010, 16:10
Three hours of political education every day? That's awesome.
Post 08 Aug 2010, 17:56
Only every Monday and Thursday. If it was every day, they'd know more about politics than than combat...
Post 12 Aug 2010, 00:05
Three hours of political education every day? That's awesome.

==Not really, that political education is mostly justfiying the legitimacy of current rulers and perpetuating the founding myth, actual Marxism is only skipped through.
Post 12 Aug 2010, 16:36
Yeah, that's probably true James. Everyone in the USSR had to take political education -whether in school or in the army or elsewhere, but everyone I ever talk to that has gone through it notes how dry and boring it was, and how very few people actually paid much attention in those classes.
Post 12 Aug 2010, 18:07
The same was true in the GDR.

But I think I'd have liked it, I always pay attention in social studies and history as well when everybody else is sleeping.
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