DickSharpe wrote:I am a British citizen and a native by blood, stretching back to the ice age even. I have no strong blood or citizen-based ties to Russia. Its just politics and respect for a bettr contry in general that motivates me.
I saw a astroy saying that they accept anyone who speaks Russian, as I intend to join ina few years that leaves me some time to learn it. I'm 22 as of last week, and I have a lot of intelligence even if my fitness neds improving.
What are the conditions for being commissioned, I would guess it says on the website, but as I said I have no Russian yet.
Interesting story and motivation, but I won't lie - it will attract suspicion. Still, people there are humans too - even if they will always keep an eye on you and won't let you into some sensitive roles or positions, they will accept you if they see that you are genuine. Either way, you will be something of a local celebrity and quite popular with the ladies who live in your garrison, I might add ^^
As for the language - well you better get cracking. With me, at one point when I was a kid, my level of Russian got so low that I was simply too shy to speak it (and wouldn't make too much sense even if I would), could barely read and certainly couldn't write. But about 7 years before I returned and joined the military, I started actively working on it. The result was that it was relatively fluent by the time I joined, and is basically near native now after I left, just the faint trace of an accent remains. I think to be honest - it will be difficult for you to get your Russian up to the necessary level over even 4-5 years, unless you are very motivated and work very hard towards it in your spare time. Studying it as your degree could give you the needed boost, but even better - you can consider doing that degree course you are thinking about in Russia. That way you will not only pull up your knowledge of the lingo, but it would offer you a very valuable insight into the country and allow you to get assimilated into the culture to a sufficient degree. And that is very important in the Russian military, you will be in a tight collective mostly with people that have never traveled beyond the borders of Russia before, whether you join as an officer or as a kontrabas
(there's an important word for you, it's slang for contract serviceman). It's a big step of course just going and studying in a foreign country that you don't speak the language of, but if you are serious about your ambition, it will help prepare you for the leap of faith you will have to take to actually go and join the Russian army.
Physical fitness - I don't know about officers, but for Russian contract servicemen the physical requirements are nothing to laugh at no matter what your actual role will be. Make sure you can do at least 15-20 pull-ups, palms facing away from you, at least 50-60 proper push-ups, same number of sit-ups, and be able to run 3km in 12 mins or so, perhaps even less. It all works on a points system, so there is some leeway to be had if you are better at one thing and worse at another. There are actually about 60-70 possible different physical tests defined (although you will only be tested on a few of them), but I suspect in practice there are certain ones that you will be far more likely to be assessed on; and for that reason - pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, med-distance running; make sure you can do them all well.