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Russian army in 2012, reduced to a million people.
September 15, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has approved a new image of the army and the armed forces will now consist primarily of parts of constant alertness.
Ministry of Defense is going to significantly reduce the size of the armed forces of Russia. Currently, the Russian army, serving approximately 1.2 million troops. The number of the Russian army will be reduced to 1 million by the year 2012 - four years earlier than planned.
Russia Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said that "now the Russian Armed Forces will consist primarily of parts ready."
It is a appearance in the armed forces combat units, ready for first team to dive with a full armament and equipment for transport aircraft to fly to anywhere in the country or beyond its limits, and immediately engage in battle. Rapid response team will be established in each military district. The basis of the new unit will form several battalions of paratroops VDV mouth marine infantry brigade of special purpose GRU, as well as aviation support - attack plane and helicopter gunships. On the RRF will be armed with the most modern technology. Currently, the rapid reaction force exists in the form of airborne troops.
Along with the downsizing of the armed forces will be improved remuneration for the troops. Now the Russian Army served 450 thousand officers. Millions Army will serve 150 thousand officers. Reducing the number of officers will take place through the gradual dismissal of officers mustang deadlines.