The number of conscripts who want to serve in scientific and sports divisions is increasing in the Far East and eastern Siberia, captain I Rank Oleg Gagkayev, the head of the organizational-mobilization department of the headquarters of the Eastern Military District, told reporters.
"In 2012, only three conscripts got into such companies. Five people were conscripted there in 2013 and at least 16 new conscripts will be sent to sports and scientific companies in 2014. Bearing in mind that eight people have been serving since spring and another eight have been approved to go to sports companies in the fall conscription," Gagkayev told a press conference in the Interfax press center in Khabarovsk on Wednesday.
"Additionally, the list of candidates for scientific companies has just begun to be formed for the fall conscription. We don't know yet how many people we will send there," he said.
Gagkayev said the first scientific company will be formed in the Far East in 2015.
"The Russian armed forces now have eight specialized units, including five scientific companies and three sports companies. However, their number will increase in 2015. We plan to create a scientific company in Vladivostok in the Pacific Ocean Naval Institute. It will be the first such division in the Far East," Gagkayev said.
In the meantime, young people who want to continue their research work and athletic training during military service in 2014 will be sent to scientific and sports companies in the western part of Russia.
When asked what young people ofconscription age have to do to get into a scientific company, Gagkayev said that conscripts should have recommendations from scientific or sports organizations, as well as a desire to serve there.
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