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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

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"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Russian Army Medical Service is Apparently Hideous

According to an article in Forbes, the Russian Army has had 2,000 soldiers killed and 3,200 disabled as a result of fighting in the Ukraine. - (H/T)

Outside of the failure of the Russians to keep the numbers secret (which they have tried to do), notice the ratio of invalids to killed: 1.6 to 1.

Direct comparisons may be hard to make, because it's not known how the Russians classify a casualty as an invalid.

But the Iraq and Afghan wars have claimed over 6,800 servicemen and women. The DoD claims over 35,000 were wounded. Almost a million have registered disability claims with the VA. That's out of a total of 2.5 million who served. Keep in mind that some of them made multiple deployments, as many as five times, which was almost unheard-of during Vietnam.

Chances also are that the VA will pay benefits when the Russian analogue will say "walk it off, tovarisch."


Old NFO said...

That's why they still use conscripts... Cannon fodder...

Anonymous said...

We used "conscripts" during Vietnam. One of the reasons that people didn't deploy that often. Of course that's what gave the draft a bad name...

We also used "conscripts" to fight WWII. Pretty important that we won that one. At least from my point of view.

As far as I can tell, the Brits still have a draft available to them. The IDF is currently in the process of revoking "conscientious objector status" from a whole section of the conservative community - to basically expand the draft. Not so sure about the rest of Europe, but the Swiss take service seriously. (I think, similar to the IDF, everyone - men anyway - serve 2 years and are then in the militia. Which is why as a country Switzerland is so heavily armed. Most homes include at least one fully-automatic battle rifle.)

danny j said...

I wonder how the oligarch-funded Nazi Azov and other Ukrainian militias treat their wounded?