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Russian Defense Minister launches major headhunt for programmers

July 04, 2013, 13:43 UTC+3
Graduates majoring in IT and computer science will be invited to do military service in the specialized research companies that will be set up in the Armed Forces
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Sergei Shoigu, Photo ITAR-TASS

Sergei Shoigu, Photo ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, July 4 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Defense Minister begins a major headhunt for the programmers who are about to graduate from civilian universities, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

He indicated that the graduates majoring in IT and computer science will be invited to do military service in the specialized research companies that will be set up in the Armed Forces.

“We’re embarking on a big headhunt,” Shoigu said at a meeting with presidents of universities and senior colleges. “This will be a headhunt in the good sense of the word because it’s been necessitated by a huge amount of software that the Armed Forces will need in the coming five or so years.”

This volume is now to be converted into clear and unambiguous amounts and figures both financially as well as in terms of financial and operational-rate capacity, Shoigu said.

A lion’s share of these programming products will have to be converted into “clear and tangible digits in what concerns both volumes and the rate of transmission”.

“In addition to it, we have a huge number of tasks calling for an earliest possible solution,” he said.”We’d like to hope that the research companies in the Armed Forces will help us shake off a certain inertia, on the one hand, and will bring about a new generation of people who will serve as drive engines of Russia’s military science,

Shoigu recalled that the Armed Forces also stand in need of specialized sports companies, adding that the first ones have been set up already.

“The requirements put forward to them say that they should unite the candidates for and full-scale members of Russia’s national teams in all kinds of sports,” Shoigu said.

While setting up the sports companies for the athletes’ benefit, the Defense Ministry simply cannot ignore the interests of the talented young men who are graduating from civilian universities. Defense experts believe they are overly qualified to be drafted for service in the capacity of ordinary enlisted men.

“They must do their tours of military duty there and then where and when they can bring maximum benefits, as they have plenty of research and intellectual potential,” Shoigu said.

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