Bringing back military training in schools

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the reduction of the term of compulsory military service one should think about introducing initial military training in schools. According to Putin, one should also consider reviving DOSAAF, the Soviet-era Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Air Force and Navy.

"This is one of the things we are concerned about and this is actually very important: preparation for service in the Armed Forces. This is relevant in connection with the reduction of the term of compulsory military service," Putin said at a meeting with veterans in Novorossiysk. He was answering a question about bringing back military training to schools.

The veterans also drew the attention of the Prime Minister to the fact that it is necessary to increase the number of hours for teaching the history of the Great Patriotic War in school. Putin agreed and noted that it was not only the number of hours that was important "but also the content of what is being taught".

"We should, of course, pay particular attention to this. Attempts to do this are being made but they should be of a systemic nature. We shall do this," Putin said. Speaking of the situation with history textbooks, he said: "One has to take a look at what is being written in the textbooks, who is writing them, who is paying for this and with what purpose".

Source: Interfax, 7 May 2010

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