A day in the life of the Russian Army officer
By the will of fate for a few days brought me to Gorokhovetsky military range in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Here we are on 24-25 August filmed story about the competition of the best commanders of motorized infantry and tank companies and battalions of ground forces of the Russian Federation Armed Forces.
In the process of communicating with these intelligent and interesting people - real men, there was a desire to write this post: the life of an ordinary officer of the Russian army.
View on the army and military service inside offer the eyes of Lieutenant Arthur Zaripov - simply because he is a very sociable and open person, and agreed to talk about his service.
So Arthur's morning begins at 4 am! These early photos I have, therefore, the first photo of the day - after charging and reading books in the dining room.
Breakfast, 7 am. The kids will have a difficult, it is the third day of competition: in front of orienteering, driving combat vehicles and delivery of theoretical examination of the tactics.
8:00. Obligatory morning Built: to commands (conventionally this two teams - the best commanders of battalions and four districts of the Russian Federation) shall be notified on the day of the task:
8:10 - Participants were given maps of the area (all classified as "top secret" - was not allowed to take pictures). With their help, the officers will determine their location in places where they will bring the insidious competition organizers.
The "Machine!", The first trial began. Driven by the huge military GOROKhOVECKIJj landfill (by the way, the largest in Europe):
They will have to determine its location in five different locations. Time to test - less than a minute. To help - a compass, a map and your own knowledge; and you are no browsers :)
Check the task. (Once, on summarizing say that all coped with the task consistently "good" and visit that are not on the "excellent" Meanwhile, in the second group -. Battalion commanders - some managed to mark on the map the point of his stay up to tens m. The experience ...
The orientation lasted for 1, 5 hours. At 10:10 the soldiers sent to the surrender of the theory. At the landfill broken camp, the officers took turns pulling tickets on tactics, preparation time - about an hour. 4 questions - each of them is necessary not only to respond closely to the text of the statute and guidelines, but also provide examples to draw a detailed map.
11:00 - Arthur goes to the exam:
At the exam there, Major-General Yuri Petrov - Deputy Chief of the Army combat training, the chairman of the competition committee. This is very embarrassing officers, but nevertheless, they respond cheerfully. 2 questions Arthur said the text of the statute - heart, a bit summed offensive scheme - does not have all of the objects.
12:40. After the exam Starley Zaripov waiting for their comrades, and I have time to take him a short interview:
"graduated from the Chelyabinsk Tank School, the military profession - management of a tank division, civil - personnel manager. Many of my classmates now "decent" working the guards and merchandisers, and here I was asked to serve in the Far East - the romance! However, now everything is so sweet do not think - hard to live with his family in the village, where there is nothing, to the nearest town - 100 kilometers. I would like to give her son (he is now 4 years old), a decent education, I dream to give it to the Suvorov military school. " "What is my duty? In submission 26-enlisted soldiers, each of them have to find its own approach. So in the company, in the army did not have such dramatic cases, which are regularly spoken media (and on YouTube, I sometimes look down) requires daily painstaking work with each of the soldiers - I do not just teach them military training and lead a class, I am their personal psychologist. When there is a child, you feel that it is not just the soldiers, but someone's children. And I, as a company commander, bear responsibility for them. "
"With the housing, of course, not really. I live in a rented apartment, but the military are going to take a mortgage - for those who are going to continue to serve in the army, a real opportunity to get a free living space. The salary of 25 thousand rubles - a little, but forward to improve in 2012 ".
14.00. The war-war, but the lunch schedule. The food, by the way, is delicious:
Half an hour to rest and at 15:00 the car with the soldiers sent to the next task: driving military vehicles in the tank ranges with obstacles, length of the route - 4, 6 kilometers. Passage of the rut of the bridge, the passage of mine-explosive anti-tank ditch and fence, and even the "snake" - officers coped effortlessly with all tasks as if were in the tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, and conventional small car.
16.30. Video, the tank makes the "snake":
All the tests were not journalists, too. We walked briskly across the expanses of the landfill, trying to keep up with the participants admired the skill of the officers and vast expanses:
17:40. This loading of tracked vehicles for heavy trailer and unloading from it (measured to the nearest millimeter precision loading). Arthur explains that this exercise - one of the most complex and strategically important. When military operations on the precision of tank driver will depend on the mobility of the whole battalion.
After the tests, Arthur admits that it was not easy - machinery stranger, and the polygon is different from the native. But the task is set - and he is always striving to be the first:
The competition ends around 8pm. Officers driven in part:
The clock 20:25. Late dinner:
The forces are only out to get to the room:
That was such a day in a simple officer of the Russian army. This day, of course, is very different from the usual routine - Starley Zaripov says he does not work in the army and serve, and because the time frame for the working day is not there. He's a regular guy, but chose a difficult profession of the military and honestly perform their job. He says that there is something to strive for, and there is no impossible tasks.
In general, it has been incredibly nice to spend two days surrounded by the real men - the best officers of our country!
In the evening we with the crew pushed off to Moscow, and the next morning found out about the contest results. In the category - "the best officer of a tank company" - Arthur Zaripov won the first place.