Accession Number : ADA137850

Title :   Managing the Ethnic Factor in the Russian and Soviet Armed Forces. An Historical Overview,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Curran,S L ; Ponomareff,D

PDF Url : ADA137850

Report Date : Jul 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : This report examines the history of Russian (pre-Soviet) and Soviet attempts to empty and manage national minorities in military establishments and campaigns. The analysis concentrates on policies and practices adopted to involve minority manpower in the military while maintaining Slavic dominance of and control over the armed force of the state. In particular, the study traces how the number of ethnic groups drawn into the military has consistently expanded throughout the centuries, identifies the types of units and operational roles to which minorities have been assigned, and discuss the difficulties encountered by virtue of lanugage differences and the potential unreliability and disloyalty of non-Russian soldiers. This study should be of special interest to military analysts and intelligence consumers generally who are concerned with future Soviet military capabilities and behavior, as well as to those who analyze Soviet military manpower issues in the light of current demographic shifts in the USSR. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Army personnel, *Military forces(Foreign), *Minorities, USSR, Reliability, Ethnic groups, Manpower utilization, Language, Religion, Personnel selection, History, Policies, Military doctrine, Military commanders, Theses

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE