Day of Engineering Troops of Russia (21/01)

On January 21, employees and servicemen of the engineering troops of Russia celebrate their professional holiday - the Day of the Engineering Troops. It was established by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1370 of September 18, 1996, taking into account their contribution to the development of the country's defense potential and historical traditions. By Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 549 dated May 31, 2006, the Day of Engineer Troops is classified as a memorable day in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The engineering troops have been leading their history since the Decree of Peter I dated January 21, 1701 on the creation of the "School of the Pushkar order" in Moscow. This school trained artillery officers and military engineers. Graduates of the "School of the Pushkar order" since 1702 began to recruit the first miner units of the regular Russian army.

In 1712, Peter I ordered to separate the engineering school from the school of the Pushkar order and expand it. Following his Decree, the St. Petersburg Engineering School was created (1719). And 4 years later, the Moscow school was transferred to St. Petersburg and merged with St. Petersburg. In these schools, non-commissioned and chief officers of the engineering troops were trained.