As we said in previous SITREP, we didn’t think Russia would announce a full mobilization of its population in the Ukraine war, lacking the ability to readily equip, feed or even transport a million troops to the front.  Russian President Putin gave a speech yesterday where he announced that, “I have already issued instructions for the Government and the Defence Ministry to determine the legal status of volunteers and personnel of the military units of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. It must be the same as the status of military professionals of the Russian army, including material, medical and social benefits. Special attention must be given to organising the supply of military and other equipment for volunteer units and Donbass people’s militia.”

This mobilization will be approximately 300,000 reservists of Russian army. Western media jumped all over the story with some predicting it will widen and prolong the war as 300,000 fresh troops are sent to Ukraine.  We think they missed something important that Putin also said in his address to the nation,

“..we are talking about partial mobilisation. In other words, only military reservists, primarily those who served in the armed forces and have specific military occupational specialties and corresponding experience, will be called up.”

What stands out here is they are only wanting those with specific “military occupational specialties.”  Russia is not calling up everyone to go fight in Ukraine.  You have to remember that in just about every army in the world, combat soldiers only make up about 10% of the strength of an army. They are the tip of the spear, the shaft is made up of various support troops who back the combat elements in the fight.