As positions, officers were even offered such as the platoon commander and the squad commander. In order to remain in the structure of the Ministry of Defense, many went to the presented conditions and became "sergeants", having under their belt training in military universities and considerable experience of serving in officer positions.
By 2012, there were at least 10 officers in the Russian army who held sergeant positions. After the dismissal of Minister Serdyukov, the situation began to gradually change. Many officers were given real officer positions in the structures of the Armed Forces.
According to Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov, who gave an interview to the newspaper "News"By the end of the year, the officers remaining in sergeant positions will receive new positions corresponding to their level of education. Nikolai Pankov notes that the development of the RF Armed Forces imposes special requirements on manning, and the importance of an experienced officer corps can hardly be overestimated.