Military training camps for students of Tatarstan —

Camps for all schoolchildren in September, for cadets — in April

Basic military service training camps will be held in Tatarstan schools, colleges and training centers in September and April 2023. Prime Minister of Tatarstan Alexey Pesochin signed a dedicated decree.

High school and university students – those who must undergo military training during the last two years of education according to the law – will go to the camps, the document reads. Not only educational institutions but also training centers will welcome them: pre-conscription training centers of patriotic sports and patriotic youth in Kazan and Nizhnekamsk, Vatan in Chistopol as well as local centers, defense and sport, at military unit bases if possible. The Kazan Higher Tank Command College will become the base of the camp in the capital of the republic.

If the district cannot organize training camps in pre-conscription training centers, the Cabinet of Ministers recommended organizing them in defense and sports camps and organizing shooting training in the fields regional shooting ranges.

The Kazan Higher Tank Command College will become the base of the camp in the capital of the republic. Photo:

According to the decree, the April camps will be held at the Patriot Republican Center, they will last for five days, while 10th grade students from cadet schools and cadet boarding schools will participate. In addition to standard courses, cadets will be offered gunnery training at the tank college.

Interior Ministry and Russian Guard forces will monitor public order, while health workers at municipal polyclinics will take care of their health.

It is not yet known when the Tatarstan boys will undergo basic military training, the plan with specific dates must be confirmed to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Youth of the republic.

Those who fail the camps will take exams

According to the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Republican Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Youth, the Military Commissariat and the Executive Committee of Municipal Districts will join in organizing the camps. They must provide trainees with teaching materials, arrange timely transportation of students to and from camp sites, and most importantly, engage all physically qualified boys in training.

Health checks which will be organized in the regional polyclinics will determine whether a future conscript is able to learn the basics of military service. Those who do not show up for training for a good reason will receive additional lessons to learn the theory and then take exams.

Photo: Maxim Platonov

All municipalities in Tatarstan will be attached to military units and the tank college to hold the camps. Representatives of the latter are responsible for organizing military and patriotic work during the training.

Moreover, as the decree says, the financing of the camps “within the limit of the funds provided for accomplishing a task of the State” is the responsibility of the educational organizations.

The first camps for 10th graders took place in April

This year, the training camp for schoolchildren coincided with active actions during the special military operation in Ukraine, which caused fears among parents. But the worry turned out to be excessive. Such training camps have been held in grade 10 during the health and safety course since 2020.

A military command had been working in Soviet schools since the 1960s, while all senior students received basic military training. It was introduced after service in the army reduced from three to two years. Today, it’s only been a year. Therefore, it was decided to revive the training of boys for the army in boot camps and health and safety courses.


The first camp was held on April 11 of this year. In Kazan, about 200 10th graders participated in five-day camps. It was then said that shifts of the same length will take place at the Avangard Military and Patriotic Training Center during the year.

The program of the camp includes training in shooting, assembly and disassembly of a Kalashnikov, the basics of combat, schoolchildren also learn how to dig a trench, put on a gas mask and a protective suit according to the standards and many other exercises.

Angelina Panchenko


Rose D. Jones