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Take a look inside a Russian school where students learn to shoot assault rifles along with normal classes

Courses include weapons training, physical drills and overnight camp-outs

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 September, 2017, 3:21pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 September, 2017, 3:22pm

By Alex Lockie and Abby Jackson

At The General Yermolov Cadet School in Stravropol, Russia, academics and military training occur side by side.

The state-run school, named after Alexei Yermolov, a former Russian general and hero of the Caucasus War, blends a normal academic course load with physical drills, weapons training, and overnight camp-outs.

Information about the school is sparse, but images in a Reuters photo package offer a unique glimpse into the daily lives of students, also referred to as cadets.

Take a look below for a glimpse at how the cadet school moulds Russian youths into soldiers.

The cadet school, located in southwestern Russia, is co-ed.

When students have overnight trips they bunk up.

They train near a boot camp of the Russian Knights, an aerobatic demonstration team of the Russian Air Force. Here, a student fires a rifle.

Cadets are responsible for their gear, including rifles. This cadet disassembles a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Physical training is a big part of the students’ schooling.

They spar for conditioning.

And learn proper rifle form.

There is also a religious aspect to the school. Students pray before their meals and attend chapel.

Though training is intense...

...they’re still just kids.

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