The students of Russia’s General Yermolov Cadet School don’t have your typical curriculum. Armed with training rifles and rocket launchers, the children are the next generation of Russian military.
The state-run institution, located in Stavropol, has integrated classes like parachuting and patriotism with basic math and sciences.
Many students come from military families, their parents and siblings already active members.
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On occasion, their training is taken to the field. They run through a forest and cross streams while balancing weapons which are almost as large as them. The students see the exercises as a privilege; only those with good grades are permitted to participate.
Spread out on tarps, they sit assembling their rifles and getting instruction on forest survival tactics - most displaying a comfortable ease in their duties, like unloading bullets from a magazine.
It’s not your average fifth-grade class, but these pre-teens will be molded into Russia’s future soldiers.