Riasanovsky's History of Russia says people (gentry and serfs alike) were drafted into the Imperial army for 25 year terms.

I noticed that the chief commandants of Kamchatka seemed to serve terms of about five years (Koselev 1802-1807, Petrovskii 1807-1813, Rudakov 1813-1817). These seem to have been Majors-General (rank IV).

I want to know how long subordinate officers would have served. Did all officers get shorter terms and soldiers longer ones, or did some other rules affect the terms of army service?

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    Are you perhaps conflating enrolment term with appointment term? – Pieter Geerkens Sep 14 at 0:39
  • Don't have a time to write full answer, but nobility was freed from conscription in 1762, while serfs could be drafted into military and they served for life, latter reduced to 25 years . People you mentioned were professional officers. – rs.29 Sep 14 at 7:25
  • Some links : ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – rs.29 Sep 14 at 7:26
  • 25 year terms That was true only in the 1st half of the XIX century. If you're confined to that time period, you should mention it directly. – Matt Sep 14 at 10:17

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