At all times, a woman has been and continues to be the main example of virtue, sincere faith and anxious love. But a woman is capable of exploits on a different front. Let us not forget on this day those women who today perform the sacred duty to protect the borders of our Motherland. In our time, several tens of thousands of women serve in the Russian armed forces and internal affairs bodies. These women, who perform a difficult and honorable mission on an equal footing with men, can bow to the belt and say “Thank you so much!” For not being frightened by the unpleasant companions of the life of the military. We, men, bow to the belt to all women who do not talk about everyday problems rolling like a snowball, but remain faithful companions of our life, giving us the highest joy of being in this world — our children.
Currently, in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, about 3, thousands of women, including 28 have the military rank of "colonel", serve in the officer positions.
1,5% of female officers occupy primary command positions, the rest of this category of military personnel serves in staff positions, are employed as specialists in medical and financial services, communications troops, etc.
Among female officers, 1,8% have the highest operational-tactical military training, 31,2% - complete military-specific training, and 19% received military training in the military departments of civilian universities.
In addition, about 11 thousands of the fair sex serve in the rank of "ensign" and occupy mainly positions in communications and logistics.
Female soldiers also serve in the military under contract at the positions of private and non-commissioned officers in almost all types and branches of the military, military districts, formations and military units.
In the 2011 year, female servicemen were awarded state awards for conscientious fulfillment of 4 official duties, more than 6 thousand were awarded departmental medals of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
We sincerely congratulate all women on this wonderful holiday and wish you truly good health, tremendous patience, good spirits and, of course, great love, only bright cloudless days and unlimited happiness. Happy holiday to you, our beloved women!