Russia to genetically test its soldiers

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Russia plans to develop "genetic passports" for military personnel, according to Alexander Sergeyev, the head of the country's Academy of Sciences. The program also involves the Kirov Military Medical Academy, which conducts research in military medical services.

Speaking ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Sergeyev said that "the most important and interesting project considered by representatives of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Military Academy, is the so-called Genetic Passport of a soldier. The project is far-reaching, scientific, fundamental. Its essence is to find such genetic predispositions among military personnel, which will allow them to be properly oriented according to military specialties."

In March, Russia's President Vladimir Putin issued a decree on "chemical and biological safety for the period up to 2025," which introduced the concept of genetic passports for all citizens.

TASS reported at the time that this was "part of the state management system regarding Russia’s national security... aimed at protecting the country’s people and environment from the negative impact of dangerous chemical and biological factors, creating and developing systems to monitor chemical and biological risks, as well as at boosting bilateral and international cooperation in the area of chemical and biological security."

"The [military] project involves not only the assessment of the physiological state," Sergeyev told TASS this week, "but also the prediction of human behavior in stressful, critical situations that are associated with the military profession."

The military passports would predict a soldier's "resistance to stress, ability to perform physical and mental operations under the conditions of this stress, and so on." Sergeyev told the news agency that he believed "military medicine will be able to raise the bar high in this project. There are already serious developments in this area. It is about understanding at the genetic level who is more prone to, for example, to service in the fleet, who may be more prepared to become a paratrooper or a tankman."

In a separate interview with the RIA Novosti news agency, Sergeyev said that this would determine "whether a serviceman will be better than a rifleman or tankman - after all, the wars of the future are already largely wars of intellects, those people who make decisions in conditions completely different from those that were before."

Sergeyev also said that "a soldier’s stress is connected, say, with the artillery preparation of an opponent who wanted to crush you, make him stay out of the trench, but in a cyber war the stresses are completely different," and there are also plans for "work in this area."

"I believe that technological lag is today the main threat to our national security," Sergeyev told TASS, "because the world is moving very fast on the rails of scientific and technological progress."

SPIEF runs from 6-8 June.
Russia Will Genetically Test Soldiers To Identify The Best Fighters And Thinkers

FWIW, it has never been that complicated to choose, over there, who becomes a paratrooper and who - part of a tank crew: the shorter, skinnier guys go into tanks, simply because it's hard for a big person to even move around in there

while the Airborne tends to pick bigger and burlier ones, because it is simply a more physically demanding branch, and also the Airborne commanders like their troops to look more impressive at the Red Square and other parades lol


Now, everyone will be tested genetically too, apparently, for good measure...

They've found yet another way to waste people's tax money. Amazing...
 
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Russia Will Genetically Test Soldiers To Identify The Best Fighters And Thinkers

FWIW, it has never been that complicated to choose, over there, who becomes a paratrooper and who - part of a tank crew: the shorter, skinnier guys go into tanks, simply because it's hard for a big person to even move around in there

while the Airborne tends to pick bigger and burlier ones, because it is simply a more physically demanding branch, and also the Airborne commanders like their troops to look more impressive at the Red Square and other parades lol


Now, everyone will be tested genetically too, apparently, for good measure...

They've found yet another way to waste people's tax money. Amazing...
The US does this, but as far as.I know, only so remains can be identified if other methods fail.
 
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Super Soldiers...! It sound like science fiction, but... I attended a lecture a few years back by a researcher who was doing in-depth studies of the genetics and physiology of sled dogs -- attempting to unlock the secrets of their (by human standards) phenomenal physical endurance. You might think this rather costly research was funded by a pet food company or perhaps a pharmaceutical company, but no. It was funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Defense.

I'm sure Putin doesn't want to fall too far behind the U.S. in fielding genetically-optimized fighters. Given that Stalin's attempts to breed a line of super-human ape-men came to naught, it may be difficult to take the lead. Still, it pays to at least try to keep up with the Joneses, no?

Cheers.
 
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Ha! Chinese running circles around Russkies and Americanskis when it come to developing super-soldiers! Mr. Xi Jinping spending many many billions on secret genetic program for many many years! Chinese super-soldier run ten times around American super-soldier before American super-soldier can even blink eye! Ha!
 
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Ha! Chinese running circles around Russkies and Americanskis when it come to developing super-soldiers! Mr. Xi Jinping spending many many billions on secret genetic program for many many years! Chinese super-soldier run ten times around American super-soldier before American super-soldier can even blink eye! Ha!
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