With this ideological rationalization, Naval Commissar Trotsky dismissed objections of doubters who feared that Komsomol "patronage" activities in the Red Navy would lead to the undesirable spread of militaristic attitudes. During the Civil War era there were still Bolsheviks who did not realize the possible implications of Lenin's "armed proletariat," and hoped there would soon be no need for a militarized society.
Gist, David M.
"The Militarization of Soviet Youth,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 30
, Article 12.
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