The Russian army is looking for a few good men (and women), but only if you dont mind your fingerprint taken and ofcourse a bit of adventure.
Due to various factors, not least of all Russia’s demographic situation, the Russian Armed Forces are looking to foreigners to help fill their ranks. Foreign nationals between the ages of 17 and 30, willing to join the Russian army are free to apply and this guarantees them automatic citizenship in the country. All qualified applicants will also be required to have their fingerprints on file with the Ministry of Defense.
Unlike Russian citizens however, who join the Russian army as soldiers, sailors, sergents or first sergents after signing a three year contract, foreign nationals must agree to serve for no less than five years.
Foreign enlistees, however, will not be required to have Russian paaports, or produce a diploma or any other certificate cpnfirming their level of education. Which means any one above 17 years can apply.
As far as taking the military oath, that too has been eased for foreign nationals.
Aside from having the opportunity to do a bit of travelling, and getting into shape as well,service in the Russian military as a foreigner comes with other pecks, including right to become a full fledged, passport carrying Russian citizen.
The Russian Army first opened their ranks to foreign nationals in 2004, when the Defense Ministry decided to attract more contract servicemen due to a demographic crisis. The number of foreign contract servicemen, however, has not exceeded 350 since the program started.
In 2009, 340 foreign contract servicemen from former Soviet republics served in the Russian Armed Forces. Among them were 103 national from Tajikistan, 69 from Uzbekistan and 42 from Ukraine, Deputy General Staff Chief Vasily Smirnov said.
The announcement follows Russia’s military reform initiative, which were announced by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov in October 2009.
Russia is looking to build a smaller yet more efficient army that is equipped with the most advanced technologies.
Russia presently has 25 military bases abroad: one located in Syria, and the rest in the former Soviet states of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Moldova.