In Russia, there’s really no such thing as “volunteering” for the forces. The officers are “volunteers”, to be sure, and there are some “contract personnel”, but most entries to the forces come in via conscription, and there are two drafts of conscripts per year, one in the spring, the other in the autumn. This dates back to pre-technology times, when the army took in men after the spring planting, and after the autumn harvest. There’s relatively little “draft dodging“; most of that is found amongst those warped by Western ways of thought.
Compare this patriotism with the anti-patriotic filthiness shown by Western Neoliberals such as the US Republican Party, the British and Canadian Conservative Parties, and the Australian Liberal Party. When Marx said, “Capitalism has no homeland”, he wasn’t joking! It means that the righties put money, power, and comfort over the commonweal of community. Willy Romney refused to serve… Ted Nugent refused to serve… Richard Cheney refused to serve… Paul Ryan refused to serve… Rush Limbaugh refused to serve… Scott Walker refused to serve… you get the message. The Republicans (and their foriegn analogues) wrap themselves up in the flag, scream for constant warfare, yet, most of them refused to serve! It tells you much of their character (Orthodox people should note that most of the konvertsy fit that mould… disregard their “patriotism”, it’s shallow and self-serving).
You can choose to honour the patriotism of the Russian conscripts or you can suck up to the godless greed and self-serving cowardice of the Republican Party. I’ve chosen… so should you. Choose well…