Max, Your English is far better than my Russian! Im pretty sure Jim is talking about RVN, the Republic of Vietnam. SF would be "Special Forces", if Army, thats likely The Green Berets (insert great level of respect for Jim here).
I dont want to get political in this thread because thats for other sections of the forum but Ive never had a chance to talk with a Russian Soldier! I was a Cold War kid, we were taught to distrust and dislike anything from the USSR. It was always understood, we would likely fight the war to end all wars against your Fathers and Grandfathers. Happily, that never happened because we were all pretty sure nobody would win that war, we would all lose in a nuclear showdown. Gorbachev spoke at our local University about 10 years ago, that was a fascinating speech, he is a brave man. I have shed most of those old negative feelings long ago but still worry about The Kremlin covertly supporting Rogue Nations like N Korea and Iran.
An E-5 buck Sgt with 4 years service makes about $2500 per month before taxes. I have many friends serving, those in combat get a little more while they are in the sandbox; not worth the extra im sure, we would rather have them all come home alive and now. Most of us grow tired of the wars weve won yet cannot put behind us. Fighting and winning wars is what we do best, maintaining the peace and building governments is not a Soldiers job, thats a UN thing but they are nearly useless.
Now a question for you, do you fire US weapons to familiarize yourselves with our Toys and Tools? If so, which ones have you fired and whats your feedback on them? Are you allowed to own private firearms as a civilian (AK's/ SKS's)?
Many of us in the USA do worry about whos watching us inside our borders even though we have broken no laws, just spoken our minds. Do you have any reason to fear negative feedback from your leadership communicating on a forum like this as a Russian Soldier (probably half of our Membership here are prior service and many would be considered semi radical by our own government)?