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Russian military increasingly proud of their profession, poll results say

September 23, 2013, 11:52 UTC+3

Up to 40% of those surveyed marked a sizably growing prestige of the vocation of arms and a higher motivation

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MOSCOW, September 23 (Itar-Tass) - Opinion polls show that Russian military are getting increasingly proud of their profession, sources from the press service and information department of the Russian Defense Ministry told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“According to an opinion poll by the Scientific and Research Centre of the Russian Armed Forces, more than 80% of servicemen are feeling proud of being a Fatherland’s defender,” the sources said.

“In 2011 and 2012 this figure stood at 50% and 62% respectively,” they added. According to the Defense Ministry, in June-July 2013, military sociologists polled 1,690 people, including 1,286 military and 404 civilian staffers of the military agency. The results of the poll show that most respondents are proud of being on military service, and support the decision of the ministry’s leadership to make it more attractive, including the practice of snap checks of combat readiness.

“73% of pollsters cited traditional values - patriotism, interest in profession, fidelity to their military duty and readiness to protect the lives and health of the Russian citizens as the major motives in their military service,” the sources said.

Up to 40% of those surveyed marked a sizably growing prestige of the vocation of arms and a higher motivation, which according to 63% of participants in the poll is a result of improving social conditions of military service.

Also, according to 80% of participants in the poll, the military service continues playing a major role in fostering patriotism and civic consciousness of the Russian nationals.

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