Military Review

Initially wrong approach

Those today in the Armed Forces are targeting the civilian financial service, recruited from the labor market.

The system of financial bodies created during the reform of the Armed Forces, staffed by civilians, including a single settlement center for the payment of cash allowances to military personnel using bank cards and territorial financial authorities in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for financial services to military units located on their territory, continues to fail. The quality of financial support for the army and fleet with stable budget funding, which the military could only dream of before, remains extremely low.

Numerous complaints by servicemen with complaints to state bodies and public organizations, representations by army and naval prosecutors to the military command clearly indicate that new financial structures continue to violate the time limits for payment of money allowances and compensations. When calculating with personnel, numerous mistakes, underpayments and overpayments are made. As a result, this leads to significant material damage to the state, for which no one is responsible. In many cases, commercial banks do not fulfill contractual obligations properly, placing ATMs at a considerable distance from the places of deployment of military units and divisions, which, moreover, are often empty. For travel for money to ATMs, the commanders are forced to provide vehicles, and the military - to spend official and personal time. The field institutions of the Bank of Russia created for the purpose of the country's defense, for the maintenance of which considerable state funds are spent, are not used in the interests of the Armed Forces, they seem to be superfluous.

An intractable problem remains obtaining in a single settlement center certificates for the provision of military personnel in necessary cases to government agencies, as well as clarifications on the accrued amounts. The so-called personal cabinets of military personnel, which are an essential attribute of providing them with money allowances under the new system, as a rule, do not work, they simply remain silent. For many commanders, the working day begins with sending to territorial financial bodies and higher-level courier headquarters with orders and other documents necessary for making payments to subordinate servicemen and performing other economic and financial operations. At the same time, a significant part of the needs of military units is provided with a significant delay and extremely scarce.

One of the costs of reforms carried out in the Armed Forces in 2008 – 2012, the consequences of which for a long time will fever the army and navy, is the elimination of the military financial and economic service, staffed by the officer corps, and the termination of training for the AF officers - specialists of financial and economic profile .

Professional Officer - the key to success

History military construction clearly shows that such an important and extremely complex state institution, such as the Armed Forces of a resurgent Russia, responsible for the defense capability of a huge country located on one sixth of the earth’s land in nine time zones, cannot do without specially trained, loyal to Russia and military to business of experts - financiers. This should be a kind of associates of this case, well possessing military, economic, financial and legal knowledge. In other words - it should be the watch of the state treasury.

Give key issues of financial support for troops and forces, conducting settlements with the defense industry complex for the development and supply of weapons, military and special equipment, social protection of military personnel, civilian personnel and veterans of military service in the hands of people selected in the labor market or personal loyalty , Is the deliberate infliction of damage to the defense capability of Russia. Such people, especially managers, have been playing the role of "jurors", outside observers for years, and someone else does their work, if there is such an old guard, or no one does. This is where many Russian managerial and other troubles arise, and economic development is inhibited. The current state of financial support of the Armed Forces is a good example.

In Russia, since ancient times, it happened that the state treasury in the army and navy was trusted by the best of the best, the authorities always took care of training and educating the relevant financial personnel. It should remember the story. For many decades from the time of Great Peter in each regiment, officers from among themselves chose a worthy colleague - an officer who was entrusted with the management of money matters, including participation in tax collections.

To justify the confidence of the regimental public was honored for the cause of the highest honor and prestige. In modern terms, the facts of corruption among elected officers were extremely rare. Subsequently, when regular posts were established related to the expenditure of material and monetary resources, the highest demands were placed on officers applying for their replacement in the sense of decency and honesty, which was noted in the relevant governing documents.

In pre-revolutionary Russia, the organizers of financial and material support for the Armed Forces at the highest level had an academic education. They studied at the Academy of the General Staff, and subsequently - at the specially created Quartermaster Academy.

With the establishment of the Soviet government, the closest attention was paid to staffing the financial bodies of the Red Army as a guarantee of strategic success: trained and dedicated people were selected, officers of the “old” army who went over to the proletariat were recruited, military training was organized exchange rate network.

Initially wrong approachUnder the financial department of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic, the Higher School of Finance and Economics was functioning for a hundred people. The victory of the Red Army on numerous fronts of the Civil War and foreign military intervention became possible, including as a result of a correctly set state and military financial policy.

In the history of the Soviet period, there was only one period of time - in the 20 of the last century, when, with a reduction in the number of the army, the training of officers, including specialists of a financial and economic profile, was curtailed. However, at that time, thanks to the wisdom of our predecessors, financiers released in the process of disbanding formations and military units, as a rule, were not discharged to the reserve, but sent to the Military Finance Department and its local bodies, that is, they were maintained for the subsequent stages of military construction.

In the 30-s, these measures were far from superfluous. The policy pursued by the state in the face of increasing threats from outside to strengthen the country's defense and the creation of a new mass army necessitated improved approaches to organizing the training of specialists in the field of military finance and economics. The financial service is not only becoming an independent content service, it is vested with the functions of control over the financial, economic and production activities of all other military command and control agencies.

With the formation in the structure of the Armed Forces of the Yaroslavl Military Financial School, a firm course was confirmed that the army financial service should be staffed by specially trained officers. The school, having passed the difficult path of formation and development, adequately solved the growing tasks of training financial officers for the Armed Forces and the military organization of the state as a whole in the prewar period, the terrible years of World War II and many decades of peaceful construction.

With the creation in 1947 of a new higher educational institution - the Military Faculty of the Moscow Financial Institute, which was later transformed into the Military Financial and Economic University, an integral two-tier system of training highly qualified military financial and economic personnel developed. They were able to solve any problems of financial support of the troops and fleet forces, carry out analytical and control and auditing activities, calculations with industry for research and serial production of weapons, military and special equipment.

At the same time, the basis of training has always been the formation of an officer - a professional dedicated to the Motherland, and only then - a specialist in the field of economics and finance. This was the key to success, which is confirmed by many years of experience of the financial and economic service, its contribution to solving complex defense tasks, the list of which has only expanded over the years.

Disruptive reforms

In the process of recent reforms as a result of repeated ill-considered associations and disengagement, both financial military educational institutions were eliminated, the command and teaching staff, graduating officers were transferred to the reserve, the training of previously cadets without a real prospect for financial positions and promotion in the Armed Forces was carried out at the Military University of the Ministry of Defense.

Territorial financial bodies, a single settlement center and a number of financial departments in the central office of the Ministry of Defense, which did not include officer positions, created in the process of reforming the Armed Forces and were removed from the subordination of commanders and chiefs, began to perform strictly service functions: a set of applications and reports, making payments on the submission of documents from the main (central) directorates and other military control bodies, the accrual and payment of bank pay cards and wages Noah fees, accounting material and money.

Participation in the planning of the development of the Armed Forces and their technical equipment, the development of military-economic forecasts and programs in the field of military construction, the preparation of conclusions about the provision of budgetary allocations of planned activities in the military field as the main functions of many financial and economic bodies in the past years were disavowed and stopped .

The system of financial bodies formed in the course of the reform process may eventually work as a time bomb, since practically all the work is currently carried out by officers in the reserve and retired, who were forced to remove their epaulets ahead of time. However, in the absence of training, the personnel reserve created earlier is gradually depleted: people leave according to age, change jobs. The aging of the personnel of financial bodies has already led to irreparable personnel losses.

None of the developed countries of the world refused to use officers and other categories of military personnel in financial and economic positions in their armed forces, although the replacement of a number of military posts by civil servants with the simultaneous introduction of modern communication technologies took place everywhere in the last decade. This was done in a planned manner for a long time as the material and technical base, communication channels, including secure, software, civilian personnel training and training for servicemen in the use of the personal account, are ready. Such an approach eliminated failures in the timing and completeness of bringing the prescribed types of allowances to personnel, which was preserved above all.

Economic models of other armies

An integral system of training specialists in the financial and economic profile of both military personnel and civil servants has been built up in the US armed forces. Such training is carried out in two civil universities, a school of financial management of the ground forces, at financial courses of the Navy and Air Force, training courses of large industrial and financial corporations: Boeing, General Electric, Motorola and others. There is also an extensive network of advanced training courses, where more than two thousand civil and military specialists are trained.

In the US military financial service itself, which is the largest financial services agency in the world, the share of military personnel is relatively small - about 10 percent. In general, on the scale of the Armed Forces, every fifth financier is a soldier. Within the framework of the type of armed forces, for example, ground forces, the share of financial specialties is 40 percent. In military units involved in combat operations, the overwhelming majority of financiers are military personnel. The heads of financial structures responsible for the development and protection of the budget, the allocation of allocations are military personnel, and the highest rank.

In the People's Republic of China, the Soviet model of organizing the financial service and financial support of the armed forces was taken as a basis: the center - the military district - the union, formation, military unit. In principle, this model is maintained to the present, however, in military structures not connected with the operational control of troops and weapons, it is allowed to replace servicemen with civil servants.

The development of a training system for the financial and economic bodies of the Chinese Armed Forces is carried out by ensuring deep specialization in accordance with the purpose of graduates. The main educational institution, which graduates about 85 percent of officers-financiers of the Armed Forces of the People's Republic of China, is the Military Economic Academy, which has four research institutes. At the same time, financial officers are also trained in other military educational institutions separately for the Air Force, Navy, for filling posts for research funding, etc. At the same time, both military personnel and civilians are trained in military universities and academies. They are trained, as a rule, at two levels: the main course is four years, the highest special course is another three years. The system of training financial personnel, as can be seen from the above, is thorough in the PRC.

Only civilian specialists of the armed forces of many other countries, including the CIS countries, do not manage. The security ministries and departments of Russia did not refuse financial officers. And it is not by chance that there cannot be historical facts of theft, waste, mismanagement, which have flourished in the Ministry of Defense for years. Financial support there remains stable and really contributes to the effective solution of the tasks of the relevant structures.

How to prepare a competent financier

In a grouped form, the recruitment of the financial and economic service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation by specially trained officers is due to a number of the following most important factors.

The complexity of the task of ensuring the legal, appropriate and economical use of the sixth part of the federal budget of the country.

The need to link the construction plans of the Armed Forces and their individual components with the resource and budgetary security. In order to discuss and resolve these issues on an equal footing with the General Staff and other military authorities, the main financial and economic structure of the Ministry of Defense, and it should be only one, must have specialists not only in the field of economics and finance. We need people who are well versed in the international situation, understand the main threats and challenges for the country, know the tasks and structure of the Armed Forces, groups of troops, the basics of their use and the organization of mobilization training. Such people can not appear out of nowhere. They need to cook and cook thoroughly. This should be professional military personnel - officers who have passed through the ranks of positions in the military financial agencies and structures of the central apparatus, having high military ranks.

Of paramount importance is the organization of timely payment of monetary allowances to the personnel of the Armed Forces, wages to civilian personnel of the army and navy, pensions and allowances to the veterans of the Armed Forces. With family members it is several million people whose moral and psychological condition is extremely important for the stability of the state.

The requirement to ensure the readiness of state structures and military authorities to the qualitative solution of financial support in case of possible military conflicts of various sizes. The thesis advanced by civilian reformers and not rejected by the military command is that in a special period nothing will change in the activities of the army financial agencies, is fraught with dangerous consequences. The regulations of the work of the departments of financial and economic unit, single settlement center, territorial financial bodies and other financial structures in conditions when management systems are subjected to hyper-attacks will be violated. The Internet will be blocked, servers, including foreign ones, will empty ATMs, electronic payments will no longer be made. Even with the development and legislative consolidation of mechanisms for countering communications disruptions, the civil financial service will not be able to solve the tasks of financial support for personnel and the needs of troops (forces) qualitatively without special skills that should be constantly developed in the system of officer commander training.

Only officers educated in the spirit of patriotism and love for the Motherland, who took the military oath, are obliged to perform the functions assigned to them under any conditions, including those with danger to life and health, on duty and status. The assignment of solving the tasks of financial support of troops and forces in a special period to civil servants contradicts the fundamental principles of building the Armed Forces.

The need for high-quality departmental financial control, which in the financial control system of the country has been and remains the key, the most time-consuming and at the same time the most productive in the fight against corruption and all sorts of abuse. These positions of departmental financial control, and not only in the Ministry of Defense, have recently been lost. In order for the departmental financial control system to meet its intended purpose, it must be large enough to solve the assigned tasks, reduced to effective structures and staffed by trained people. It is important that the basis of the control structures is made up of professional military personnel who know the control and audit work, and have professional experience in the army's financial and economic agencies. An indispensable condition for the successful functioning of the system of departmental financial control and financial and economic bodies should be the mutual rotation of personnel. This is possible if there are a sufficient number of officers in both structures, and they will be headed by one official with the rank of deputy minister of defense.

It so happened that the officer in Russia has always been and remains more than just a professional military man. At all stages of historical development, the most responsible posts were occupied by people who had military ranks, and the most difficult tasks were entrusted to them. Russian officers have always belonged to the most reliable elite of society, state affairs, discoveries, heroism and other merits confirming their high mission.

The commanders of military units, commanders and commanders-in-chief, senior officials of the central apparatus of the Ministry of Defense gradually become clear the fallacy of a number of decisions taken in the process of reforming the Armed Forces in the financial and economic sphere. The public is coming to the fore, discussing at scientific conferences, in the media, the question of reinstatement in the financial and economic service both in the center and in the field of officer positions and organizing training for the sun specialists of a financial and economic profile. These questions are constantly being raised by deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia.

The Council of Veterans of the Military Financial and Economic Service constantly monitors the state of financial support of the Armed Forces. Based on his study and analysis, appeals were prepared to the government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defense, a number of meetings were held with senior officials of the military department. In this matter there are practical, albeit timid advances: officer posts are being restored in some military formations, a small set of cadets have been made to the financial and economic faculty of the Military University.

In August, 2013, the state of work to ensure the timely payment of monetary allowances to servicemen of the Armed Forces was reviewed at a meeting of the board of the Ministry of Defense. Unfortunately, the decisions made are based on the initially incorrect approaches, they actually reaffirmed the orientation to the civil financial service, recruited from the labor market, and improvement of the financial structures created during the reform of the Armed Forces with cosmetic measures.

I hope that common sense will triumph nevertheless, the financial and economic service will again become an officer and will correspond to its strategic mission - to reliably guard the state funds and solve the tasks of financial support for the army and navy qualitatively.
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  1. smel
    smel 18 October 2013 08: 19
    Oh and dubious thoughts are expressed. Nobody is against the financial service being restored in units. But when she is "commanded" by a major or a lieutenant colonel, it is overkill, as one cartoon character said. And even with the conscience of those who were admitted directly to the money, everything was not always in order. None of our more than 100 higher educational institutions has managed to put such a percentage of its graduates behind bars. And the commander of the brigade (regiment) is hard to explain to the company commander why in the rank and in the net dates are higher than all those who command people and sometimes go into battle
    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 18 October 2013 08: 32
      Quote: smel
      Oh and dubious thoughts expressed.

      Yes, Pavel, there have always been many complaints about "dates", I agree.

      What did the practice of kickbacks cost to get "combat" ... or you will get them after a certain time, which during the inflation period turned hard-earned money into candy wrappers ...

      But now they’ve done even worse.
      Separated military units from finance. What is this structure that does not have its own money? Where are civilians in charge?
      And at the time of switching to the cards, officers of some units for several months (!!!) could not receive their money, although they were in bank accounts.

      On this special, but the need to be returned under the military wing - there will be more order, and even more so.
    2. PPL
      PPL 18 October 2013 08: 39
      So I think, as the author’s statement
      It so happened that the officer in Russia has always been and remains more than just a professional military man. At all stages of historical development, the most responsible posts were occupied by people who had military ranks, and the most difficult tasks were entrusted to them. Russian officers have always belonged to the most reliable elite of society, state affairs, discoveries, heroism and other merits confirming their high mission.
      correlate with the financier in uniform?
  2. vlad0
    vlad0 18 October 2013 08: 37
    I won’t say what has become good with the financial support system in the troops. But what was before, it was impossible to call normal. Overgrown Lieutenant-Nachfinans in major positions, delays, perpetual attempts by the service people to knock out their lifts, apartments, travel or business trips, etc. Of course, many would argue that the matter is in the person, not the system. But for some reason, among the graduates of the Yaroslavl financial sector, the number, to put it mildly, dishonorable, went off scale.
  3. siberko
    siberko 18 October 2013 10: 08
    I believe the return of military financiers is urgently needed, and financial services are required in each military unit (at least from a brigade or higher. The unit commander must know how much money he has in the unit and he must dispose of it and not the UFO (OFO)
  4. Sadroger
    Sadroger 18 October 2013 20: 19
    I admit that all those who spoke impartially about the finances have a reason for this. But! It is imperative to add that these are financiers - "officers of a new look", exactly the same as the frontline officers, staff officers, logisticians. There are no less bastards among those. I recommend it is better to remember the financiers of the Soviet era: 1). rear officials in those days were planted much more often, 2). the chief of finance of a battalion is the category "senior l-nt", the chief of finance of a regiment is "captain", and "major" is already the level of a brigade and a division. So, in my opinion, no offense for the frontline officers. Go back to the origins - in the USSR - and no offense. 3). no fewer company or battalion commanders used to go to the guard of the nachfin. Something like this.