Russian security officials continue to improve and strengthen patriotic and military training opportunities for Russian youth. The first brief excerpt from an official Tambov regional source describes the opening of the new Avangard “educational and methodological center for military-patriotic education of youth.” The article says “there are 23 Avangard centers operating in the country, which are aimed at the patriotic education of young people.” It further describes that this new “center [in Tambov] will operate all year round,” where it will “hold regular training sessions on the basics of military service with tenth-graders.” So far, according to the excerpt, “300 children have already taken part in the training camp,” and that “this year about 1,000 schoolchildren will attend the training camp at the center.”
The second excerpt from the pro-business source Kommersant provides additional background to the opening of this new Avangard center in the Tambov region. It quotes a local official who said the center will offer “classes on firepower training, first aid, and protection against weapons of mass destruction.” A senior military officer at the center’s opening stated “the main goal of ‘Avangard’ will be the formation of ‘collectivism’ in children.” The officer stressed that the military “will help with technology, the development of the educational base,” but “that the instructors would be mostly former military personnel.” The article describes that the ceremony concluded with “a demonstration of the skills of members of a military sports club with models of machine guns.” These new Avangard training centers may improve both defense awareness and military skills among Russian youth.
There a re 23 Avangard centers operating in the country, which are aimed at the patriotic education of young people.
Source: Ekaterina Zaeva, “В Тамбовской области открылся учебно-методический центр военно-патриотического воспитания молодежи ‘Авангард’ (An educational and methodological center for military-patriotic education of youth ‘Avangard’ was opened in the Tambov region),” Administration of the Tambov Region, 1 October 2021. https://www.tambov.gov.ru/news/v-tambovskoj-oblasti-otkrylsya-uchebno-metodicheskijcentr-voenno-patrioticheskogo-vospitaniya-molodezhi-avangard.html
More than 200 children – representatives of military-patriotic, search, cadet, youth-army associations and clubs – took part in the opening of the educational and methodological center for military-patriotic education of youth “Avangard” of the Tambov region….
There are 23 Avangard centers operating in the country, which are aimed at the patriotic education of young people. They are created on the initiative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in accordance with the decision of the President of the country Vladimir Putin and the Concept of the federal system of training Russian citizens for military service for the period up to 2024….
…The center will operate all year round. It is planned to hold regular training sessions on the basics of military service with tenth-graders, military-patriotic shifts during school holidays, retraining and advanced training courses for teachers and leaders. 300 children have already taken part in the training camp. All in all, this year about 1,000 schoolchildren will attend the training camp at the center.
Source: Oleg Mukhin, “‘Коллективизму’ помогут боевой техникой (‘Collectivism’ will be helped by military equipment),” Kommersant (pro business news outlet), 5 October 2021. https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/5018100
…Sergei Novikov, the chief of staff of the Yunarmiya in the region, standing at a complex of dugouts and dugouts (it was dug up in the backyard by sappers of a special forces brigade), enthusiastically told how the Tambov Avangard appeared on the ruins of a former technical school for tractor drivers. “We plan to train four thousand people a year within the framework of a five-day camp for tenth graders. For boys, training camps are mandatory, girls will be optional, – assured Mr. Novikov:
“Classes on firepower training, first aid, protection against weapons of mass destruction have been organized. There will also be a Patriot park we are waiting for two heavy rocket tractors, infantry fighting vehicles, tanks.”
The military delegated the event to the deputy commander of the Western military district for military-political work, Viktor Zhuravlev. He said that the main goal of ‘Avangard’ will be the formation of ‘collectivism’ in children. “And we will help with technology, the development of the educational base.” However, the political officer immediately made a reservation that the instructors would be mostly former military personnel, and not active duty….
The performances of the students of the cadet corps with carbines were replaced by a patriotic song, and then a demonstration of the skills of members of a military-sports club with models of machine guns…