Russian instructors have finished the retraining of 1,000 Syrian servicemen, who have joined the Fifth Legion.
The second group of 1,000 Syrian servicemen has completed its retraining under the guidance of Russian instructors in a training camp in Damascus province and replenished the Fifth Legion of the Syrian Army, created last year and considered to be one of the most trained units of the Syrian Armed Forces. During the retraining, soldiers have studied the tactics of conducting modern combat in conditions close to real.
It is still unknown where the second group of the Fifth Legion will be sent. But the first detachment, which completed its training in late 2016, currently fights against terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group in the east of Homs province, including the area of Palmyra city.
At the moment, the Russian program of retraining of Syrian military answers expectations. Servicemen, who completed the training course, have advanced combat capabilities and operate more rationally in combat conditions.
The formation of the Fifth Legion of volunteers was announced by the General Command of the Syrian Army and the country’s Armed Forces in late November 2016. The army called on citizens, who would like to become volunteers and take part in “eliminating terrorism” on the territory of Syria, to visit the recruitment application centers, opened in various provinces, and join the Fifth Legion.
As it was reported at that time, the volunteers, who wanted to become part of the Legion, must have been Syrian men above 18 year old, who were not conscripts or deserters. The Legion also was ready to accept volunteers, who had finished their military service, and state employees under one-year renewable contracts. According to the Command, state employees would keep all rights and benefits, which they received in their workplaces, in addition to regular amounts of money that they would receive from the Fifth Legion.