Stock categories on a military ID: what is it and where to find them

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MOSCOW, September 30 – Novosti. Partial mobilization of the population is carried out according to the categories of persons liable for military service, the characteristics of which are determined by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. How can male reservists find out what category of reserve they belong to, what the accounting groups “RA” and “Navy” mean in a military ID – in the material of Novosti.

Reserve categories in the military card and accounting groups in the RA

A military ID is issued to conscripts aged 18 to 27 who were mobilized for service in the armed forces of the Russian Federation, as well as to those who were legally exempted from its passage and enrolled in the reserve, graduated from a higher military institution or studied at a military department. A military ID is required when applying for a job, since the employer is obliged to report a military officer to the commissariat, when processing some documents in state bodies, without it, banks may refuse a loan. At the moment, it is issued not only in the classic paper version, but also in electronic form (it looks like a bank card), on the chip of which the personal and biometric data of a citizen are recorded.
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Military ID with the name of the military position and military registration specialty
Military duty does not end after completing military service: all persons liable for military service are enrolled in accordance with Article 53 of Law No. 53-FZ in a certain reserve category. This is done so that, if necessary, mobilization can be carried out clearly and in an organized manner. Depending on which troops the Russian served in, the “Accounting Group” column may contain “RA” (Russian Army) or “Navy” (Navy), these columns do not change throughout life, unlike reserve categories and health groups.


Reservists, depending on age and rank, are divided into three categories, which indicate in what order a citizen will be called up for military service, if necessary. The first group includes those who, during mobilization, must replenish the ranks of the Russian army in the first place, then comes the second group, the third comes in turn only if there is an urgent need for personnel. These groups have been assigned to absolutely all persons liable for military service, not only to those who have completed military service, but also to those who have an eligibility category that exempts them from conscription, who have performed alternative service or received a deferment. When mobilization is announced, reservists of any queue first go through a medical commission, which determines the state of health,
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1 category
During the mobilization, it is these people who will immediately be called upon to defend the country. In category 1 are all those who have completed military service and those who officially participated in hostilities. It includes:
  • privates, sailors, warrant officers, midshipmen, sergeants, foremen under 35 years old;
  • junior officers up to 45 years old (lieutenants, captains);
  • senior officers up to 50 years old (majors, lieutenant colonels);
  • captains of the first rank and colonels under 55;
  • senior officers up to 60 years.
2 category
The conscription of these people will be carried out in the second wave of mobilization, this category also includes those who did not complete military service for various reasons (postponement, health status, etc.). The second category includes:
  • privates from 35 to 45 years;
  • junior officers from 45 to 50 years old;
  • senior officers from 50 to 65 years old.
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3 category
Reservists of the third category are called up for military service last. It includes:
  • privates from 45 to 50 years;
  • junior officers from 50 to 60 years old;
  • senior officers under 65;
  • conscripted women from 45 to 50 years old.


Upon reaching a certain age or for health reasons, citizens can be completely excluded from the lists of reservists or move from group to group. In addition, there are categories of suitability that also directly affect the assignment of a store to any group:
  • A – fit for military service;
  • B – fit with minor restrictions;
  • B – limited fit;
  • D – temporarily unfit;
  • D – not suitable.
During the period of mobilization, the conscription includes persons belonging to categories A, B, C and D.
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How to determine and where to see the stock category in a military ID

If a citizen has served in the army for at least a year or participated in military conflicts, regardless of the length of stay in a hot spot, he belongs to the first category. The second will contain everyone who did not do military service for one reason or another, even exemption from the army for limited fitness does not remove the person liable for military service from the register. Only those who are completely exempt from military service are not assigned a reserve category.
All data related to accounting groups and reserve categories can be seen on page 11 of the military ID in section V “Stay in the reserve”:
Paragraph 23 indicates one of the three reserve categories to which the reservist belongs.
Paragraph 24 “Accounting Group” contains the abbreviation RA (Russian Army) or Navy (Navy).
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Paragraph 25 tells about the composition or profile of the troops (for privates, for example, “soldiers”, “ensigns”, “sailors”, for officers – “command” or “medical” profile).
Paragraph 26 contains information about the military registration specialty ( VUS ) and its code designation, which is obtained during military service and may differ from civilian. It is these functions that the conscript will perform in the conditions of mobilization.
Some VUS codes:
  • 100 – shooter;
  • 101 – machine gunner;
  • 102 – grenade launcher;
  • 106 – military intelligence;
  • 107 – units and divisions of special forces (SpN);
  • 109 – sniper;
  • 113 – tanker;
  • 121 – BMP (infantry fighting vehicle);
  • 122 – BMD (airborne combat vehicle);
  • 124 – armored personnel carrier (armored personnel carrier);
  • 131 – automation in all types and types of troops;
  • 134 – ZRV (anti-aircraft missile forces), etc.
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Also, the VUS may contain the letter:
  • A – ground forces, as well as coastal units of the Navy;
  • B – specialists in missile weapons;
  • D – airborne troops;
  • K – seafarers of surface ships;
  • M – marines;
  • P – internal troops;
  • P – border troops;
  • T – construction units and subdivisions;
  • E – flight personnel of aviation;
  • C – units of the Ministry of Emergency Situations ;
  • – special purpose units;
  • X – reconnaissance of mountain military units and subunits;
  • Z – level of education;
  • Sh – FAPSI (government communications).
The full list of VUS was not published in accordance with the law on state secrets.
The fifth page of the military ticket contains information on participation in hostilities, emergency response, in peacekeeping troops, and more.
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