Russia Shrinks Armed Forces to 1.9 Mln People

Jan 1, 2018 — 15:00
— Update: Jan. 03 2018 — 07:31

Russia Shrinks Armed Forces to 1.9 Mln People

Jan 1, 2018 — 15:00
— Update: Jan. 03 2018 — 07:31
Andrei Lyubimov / Moskva News Agency

The number of people in Russia's Armed Forces has decreased by almost 300 to just over 1.9 million men and women, according to a decree published Monday on the government’s legal portal. 

The country's Armed Forces include ground troops, the Navy and Aerospace Forces. A decree signed by Putin in November which went into force on Jan. 1, puts the total number of servicemen and women at 1,902,758. 

That constitutes a drop of 293 people compared to the 1,903,051 stipulated in an earlier decree, state-run news agency TASS reports.

Some 40 percent of those employed by the Defense Ministry have noncombat rolesincluding cooks, drivers and medical personnel.