* Vlassov, Timoshenko, Rybalko, Krylov, Grechko, Kolpakchi, Ivanov I.I.
At the start of the 1936 scenario, the OOB is a mess and there is time to reorganize it much more efficiently. Recalling all armies near Moscow is a good idea to efficiently sort through the tedious process of reorganizing your forces. The starting forces can be split into four full armies (5 corps of 5 divisions), and five if you build only a few supplementary brigades for the incomplete fifth army. Those armies can either be 'upgraded' with extra support brigades or left as-is, to be used as lighter forces dedicated to holding the less important areas of the front. You start with a
sizeable infantry force but little armour (only light tanks).
See: [[Soviet Union military leaders]] for more details.
A Navy is only useful if the Union decides to wage war against the Allies after defeating Germany. Otherwise, every IC-day put into the Navy is an IC-day that could have been used to build more tanks, guns, and rifles to defend the Rodina. If you do decide to bring communism to America, mass-produced cruisers (both light and heavy) are probably the most cost-efficient option considering the USSR's relative naval technology backwardness and vast industrial potential.
The Red Air Force is a useful but not quite vital arm of the Soviet military. Due to limited leadership and the need for a large, IC-intensive land army, it is probably best to concentrate just on light aircraft like interceptors and close air support to ensure maximum efficiency in production and research, but it may be possible to usefully add tactical bombers or even transports into the Air Force. Generally, unlike the British or American air forces, the Red Air Force should focus more on direct support of the troops by cleaning out enemy aircraft and attacking enemy troops rather than bombing enemy industry. Logistic strikes and counter-airbase attacks can be used very effectively in support of Army goals, however.