How conscripts are trained in Ukraine: a military psychologist revealed interesting details

During the first week at the training center, no one touches the mobilized person, said Andrei Kozinchuk.

How conscripts are trained in Ukraine / photo of the 53rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade named after.  Prince Vladimir Monomakh

A military psychologist from the engineering support group of the 67th separate mechanized brigade, Andrei Kozinchuk, told RBC-Ukraine how conscripts are trained. In particular, he said whether all men experience fear when receiving a summons and whether they undergo psychological training in training centers.

“Everyone gets stressed because they don’t know anything, they’re afraid of the unknown. And this image in my head is very scary. The worst thing I had in the war was the way to the war, because nothing was clear. There you are specifically cold, hungry, They swear at you, say unpleasant words. There is not fear, but discomfort,” says the specialist.

According to him, the training center prepares for war “indirectly.” The conscript is as busy as possible, his day is completely scheduled: getting up, eating, running, and the like. Due to lack of habit, uniforms or shoes may chafe, and as a result, a tired person dreams of only one thing – to sit on a stool. In this case, you need to hand over your mobile phone and there is no time to be afraid of “landing”.

Psychologists conduct a conversation with newly admitted soldiers, during which they find out relevant information: where they came from, who their parents are, where they worked, whether there are problems in the family, etc. He is asked, for example, why he did not go to serve in 2014 or on February 24, 2022. So, the attitude towards service and motivation are manifested. At the same time, the conscript is introduced to the surrounding situation: they are shown where the toilet, shower, kitchen, shelter to run to in case of shelling, and who the commander is.

“And for a week no one bothers the fighter. He goes to some events, he can watch. In the process, he can “get attached” to some social group or specialty. After a week we communicate again. We don’t need him to be a super attack aircraft, we We need him to decide which skills will suit us, because the army is not just about shooting,” explains the specialist.

He also told how Ukrainians “open up” under certain conditions thanks to genetic memory – a “memory map” from previous generations. This gene is activated when it is needed. In particular, a person, being in a state of “severe distress,” acquires new skills that he finds in himself. Moreover, such “transformations” can happen to different people – intellectuals, intellectuals, representatives of the working class and the clergy. The psychologist connects this not with historical ties with the Cossacks, but with a biological component.

“According to the genetic code, there is such a thing that we are the descendants of the Cossacks, the Varangians. Especially for those who went to war, there are two stages: at war “how I want to go home” and at home “I wish I could go to war soon”, there is no third “In war, a person gets the most vivid emotions in the world – not to be confused with the best. That is, joy, anger, melancholy, disgust – of the highest level. You have never felt like such a living person as you did there. And it was unpleasant, but you… I felt that. No one feels life like someone who feels the breath of “bony” (death – ), says Kozinchuk.

According to him, people who have gone through the war then solve issues that they previously considered very difficult or did not consider necessary.

“They confess their love to former classmates because they once couldn’t. They buy things that they couldn’t afford, they get divorced or tell their child that they are proud of him, they make decisions. This happens. As soon as you come to safety, you adapt, you I want to earn money again, have an iPhone, understand something, have my own community,” says the psychologist.

As reported, a military psychologist from the engineering support group of the 67th separate mechanized brigade, Andrei Kozinchuk, believes that new conscripts will not be able to replace soldiers at the front any time soon, but even after that the military will not be demobilized. According to him, some of the military think that they will recruit half a million people who will replace the soldiers who are now at the front. But, according to the psychologist, there will be no demobilization, there will simply be a rotation.

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