Young guns: What does the Caucasus cadet school teach boys and girls

A student of the General Yermolov Cadet School is seen on duty during military training at a boot camp of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) military patriotic club in the village of Sengileyevskoye outside Stavropol, Russia March 28, 2017.

A student of the General Yermolov Cadet School is seen on duty during military training at a boot camp of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) military patriotic club in the village of Sengileyevskoye outside Stavropol, Russia March 28, 2017.

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In a school in the Russian city of Stavropol in the the North Caucasus (1,400 km south of Moscow), kids from the age of 10 can get take part in military-style field exercises, weapons training, and parachute drills.

The cadet school - named after General Alexei Yermolov, a famous Russian hero of the Caucasus War - teaches boys and girls military maneuvers, tactics, discipline, and patriotism - alongside classic middle-school disciplines.

See ordinary kids doing military exercises in one of the most dangerous regions of Russia.

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In Russia, children join cadet schools at the age of 10. They bunk together at night like army soldiers. Yet they are afforded what real conscripts are deprived of in their barracks – soda, juice, sweets, and other “luxuries.”

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At this cadet school they have to look after their weapons and clean their rifles every day at specific hours.

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After breakfast, the children's day begins with scheduled training, which may include classes, drills, or martial arts (every weekday, except Sunday).

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Every day the children take part in physical training - including boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling.

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After each martial arts training session, the kids spar with eachother and wrestle.

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Their training includes real boot camps with water obstacles and swimming trails.

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Before getting their hands on AK47 assault rifles, they pass shooting classes with Saiga carbine rifles.

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These shooting sessions happen two to three times a week.

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The children spend their free time outside – no personal computers or iPhones are allowed.

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They also spend a lot of time on treks - especially in late spring and early summer.

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