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MOSCOW, July 20 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Defense Ministry will ask the government to raise the maximum age limit for career army officers. Under a bill to be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday, July 22, the retirement age for career military may be extended by five years, Deputy Defense Minister, General of the Army Nikolai Pankov, said on Friday.
“I will let out a small secret. On Monday we shall propose a bill that will let career military stay on the active list longer than now,” Pankov told the Defense Ministry’s Public Council.
According to the official the Defense Ministry had spent over a month collecting comments on the proposal from various bodies of state power and the general public to get not a single critical remark.
“There is no other country in the world whose officers get such fundamental instruction. The process of education may last up to nine years. And there is no other country in the world where an officer’s active service cycle is as short. Our lieutenant-colonels retire at 45, and colonels, at 50,” Pankov said with regret.