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The Department of Psychological Work of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on the basis of the Faculty of Psychology of the Military University held an intellectual competition “Shoulder to shoulder: psychology in the army and navy.” The event was held within the framework of the planned information and campaign thematic actions aimed at preserving and maintaining the historical, geographical and cultural heritage of Russia.

It was attended by 4 teams of the 4th year of the Faculty of Psychology. During 5 stages, cadets had to show their knowledge in the field of military psychology, the history of the Great Patriotic War, geographical research and biographies of great scientists who made a significant contribution to the cultural and historical development of Russia. The participants, in addition to answering difficult questions, presented solutions to practical situations that they will face in their professional activities in the military.

There was also organized a literary exhibition “The Psychology of Dangerous Professions”, consisting of the personal fund of the department employees and reflecting the applied aspects of psychological work with representatives of professions associated with increased risk. In addition, the cadets were able to familiarize themselves with the latest research in the field of official activity and ethnic characteristics of military groups from the collection of dissertation abstracts of the country’s leading universities.

Each of the ten members of the winning team was solemnly presented with gifts, collections of scientific and practical conferences held annually by the Department of Psychological Work and dedicated to the most urgent tasks of the psychological service.

The event showed the high efficiency of using such interactive methods in teaching cadets, forming a sense of belonging to the feat of the people, maintaining interest in the history of Russia, and developing professional development. The leadership of the Department and the Military University made a decision to hold similar joint events in the future as part of the educational process of cadets.

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