Accession Number : ADA117234

Title :   The Ethnic Factor in the Soviet Armed Forces.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Wimbush,S Enders ; Alexiev,Alex

PDF Url : ADA117234

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : Data for this report derive exclusively from interviews, conducted over a period of two years, with former Soviet Servicemen. The interviewee sample is very diverse in terms of the nationalities represented, functional and social experience, and service branch. Through the interview process, the authors have sought to identify and characterize phenomena related to ethnic diversity in the Soviet armed forces. The authors have tried to identify and analyze specific trend lines where the data permit. Among the conclusions are: By 1995 between one-in-three and one-in-four members of the draftable cohort will come from a Muslim region of the USSR; the Soviet armed forces cannot be considered as environments conducive to the reduction of ethnic self-awareness and a reduction of animosity and tension between Soviet nationalities. Nearly all indicators suggest the opposite occurs; and the ethnic situation in the Soviet armed forces suggest existing or potential vulnerabilities that should receive the attention of U.S. military planners.

Descriptors :   *Military forces(Foreign), *Ethnic groups, USSR, Minorities, Military training, Language, Human relations, Race relations, Conflict

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE