According to the League of Nations Armaments Year Book, 1930, 340,000 recruits annually are surplus to the requirements of the armed forces of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics. These men receive military training outside the Army. This training consists of periodical courses amounting in all to not more than six months during a period of five years, not more than two months being served in any one year. It will also be seen that the Society for Air and Chemical defence includes rifle clubs among its various activities, by means of which a proportion of its members are apparently given instruction in the use of lethal weapons. As far as women are concerned, no information is available on the subject.
I have seen so many reports from Russia, and I have seen with my own eyes things which contradict the reports so directly, that I am very sceptical about accepting these reports.