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Rogozin prepared a proposal for Russian Defense industry workers’ active service in specialized troops.

Defense industry employees, called up for active service, should perform service according to their job profiles: for example, constructors of submarines are to serve in submarines. That initiative was prepared by Deputy Prime Minister of Defense industry Dmitry Rogozin on Tuesday. If the initiative is implemented, it can seriously complicate the work of military offices. All in all, experts believe that the new system won’t benefit the army.

The Government will consider the proposal of the Military-Industrial Commission for Defense industry for employees work in specialized troops, said on Tuesday Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin at a briefing after the meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Currently, workers who are called up for one-year military service, perform it in various parts and troops. The Military-Industrial Commission’s proposal is the following: “if you, for instance, work for Sevmash and you are one of the constructors of a nuclear submarine, or a multi-purpose one, or a nuclearpowered submarine, it’s logical to be called up for service in that submarine. If you work for Uralvagonzavod, it would be logical to be called up for service in armored forces and work on the new tank platform “Armata”, or on the modernized T-72 or T-90. If you work for KBP Instrument Design Bureau in Tula creating “pantsirs” (NATO reporting name Greyhound), so serve in a “pansir”, stated Rogozin at a briefing after the government meeting.

According to him, it could be additional impetus for Defense industry employees and could give them an opportunity “to see the results of their work, examine advantages and disadvantages and understand what they have to finalize and do in future and what direction to choose in order to develop technology.” “I think this idea has the right to be considered and it will be included in the PM’s draft decision,” Rogozin said.

The Ministry of Defense can support Rogozin’s idea after its examination and consideration, told “Gazeta.ru” the Ministry of Defense State Secretary Nikolay Pankov.

“We’ll examine carefully the initiative. At first glance, there’s a rationale behind it. People will use the equipment they know well. I think the idea is not without certain logic. But we should consider all the details; it’s thoughtful and targeted work,” stated Pankov.

The Ministry of Defense Main Organization and Mobilization Office explained that the initiative implementation seriously complicates the work of military offices, because it will require taking into account not only recruitees’ specialties, but also their experience of work with particular equipment.

“It is, in fact, a new parameter that is introduced into the system. Of course, it will complicate the recruitment process. But, as we say, everything is possible. If such a task is set, we’ll accomplish it,” said the representative of the Main Organization and Mobilization Office.

The President of the Academy for Geopolitical Issues Konstantin Sivkov told “Gazeta.ru” that the new system won’t benefit the army because only lower-grade workers who have not yet worked with new equipment are called up for active service.

“Recruitees are young people aged mainly 18-22. These are low-qualified workers and they are rarely technical college graduates. Thus, it turns out that mainly low-skilled workers (fresh technical school graduates) from military-industrial enterprises will be called up for service. And they are unlikely to learn how to use equipment in a short time. So this new initiative doesn’t facilitate the work, it only creates a lot of problems,” explained Sivkov.

First Deputy Chairman of the Duma’s Committee on Industry Vladimir Gutenyov believes that this idea should be developed further and they should provide military-industrial enterprises’ employees with exemption from military service.

“There’s logic in it, because we save budget money, keeping the qualifications obtained in high schools. If the graduate goes straight to the army he may lose the skills and competencies that have not been practiced; besides, he’s unlikely to start working in a company after his military service,” admitted Gutenyov.

Text and pictures by GAZETA.RU