Swede55 wrote:Even Russians don't want to join the Russian army, so why would a foreigner? If you want an adventure, go work in the Bakken oilfield or go fishing in Alaska, at least they will pay you.
Last time I read something regarding pay, Russian armed forces in contract works out about over $1000 a month, after everything is said and done, and bonus depending which region you are. Flaming Python would know as he served. I imagine the higher and longer you stay, the more money you make. Add in the fact that they pay for your food and housing, that is a bonus. In the end though, it really isn't supposed to be a career unless you are working your way up or to help protect your country.
here is what I found:
On 25 January, Russian military received their first salaries under the new payment system. The changes cover about 350,000 professional officers and NCOs, as well as privates on contract service. All ranks have received substantial increases, of the order of two and a half times their current salaries. In the cases of personnel serving in harsh climates or in areas of conflict, as well as those serving in positions requiring specialist knowledge, the increase in wages was even higher – up to three times the current salary. A contract soldier currently receives approximately US$1000 a month, a junior officer (company commander) US$2000, and his counterpart serving on a nuclear submarine gets US$3000, the same as a senior officer (rank of colonel) commanding a missile regiment. The lowest salaries for senior officers commanding battalions will run to around US$2500 after the changes.
If this is the case, then I would be jumping for joy. That is more money than I make here in Canada a month (well, at least what a junior officer makes on a submarine). It may not be a whole lot if the wives back at the military towns cannot find a job. Which in that case, military towns should be more lenient on private businesses. That said, the pay rate is not bad at all. But, of course, people dodge it to go to school (which they can bypass military service by being in school) and after that, can land them a job working for more money for some private business. School is free in Russia, or near free. So you do not have to worry about student loans to screw you like here in Canada or US. And so many in the states join the army to bypass all those troubles, plus they send you to school in US and CAD military on their dime. So a lot of not well to do families can see the benefits in that. In Russia, many are seeing these increases definitely good, especially those people who grew up in poor villages and who were not the best educated either. This job in the army is something they can do, and can get the education they need without the need of the entrance exam.