“The force is growing again”bundeswehr speaks optimistically of “milestone”

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Allegedly, the bundeswehr is the third most popular employer among schoolchildren, after the police and adidas

For the first time in a long time, the bundeswehr can report success in recruiting personnel. After two years of failing to reach the 170 mark, the bundeswehr is optimistic.000 professional and temporary soldiers, the company has now reached the target of 170,000 "milestone" in july and proudly proclaims: "the trend reversal personnel unfolds its effect." this was announced by the ministry of defense von der leyen in may 2016 (bundeswehr should become more colorful).

It had to be admitted that in july the number of deaths fell below the threshold again, only to return to the previous "breached" to become natural: "the trend is clearly pointing upward". The personnel increase – one does not speak of soldiers, but of "military personnel" – be "fully within the self-imposed target corridor". However, they are a bit vague in the success message. Although the number of professional and temporary soldiers has fallen by more than 1,000 from 168.446 to 169.856 in july, while at the same time the number of voluntary conscripts (fwdl) decreased from 9 to 1,000.454 in june to 8.967 back. Thus, while there were, as the bundeswehr, 178.823 active servicemen and servicewomen, but just "only" 169.856 professional and temporary soldiers. The bundeswehr did not inform thomas wiegold about the state of affairs in august, as he writes.

One gets the impression that the trend reversal is to be herbeigeschrieben, already at the beginning of 2017 once a kind of trend reversal had been announced (bundeswehr reports coarser interest and more recruitments 2016). And the troop strength was admittedly once with 170,000.000 – but this was to be achieved by the end of 2016!

In the meantime, it is no longer only because of the growing number of foreign deployments that a personnel strength of 177,000 is desired.000, but from 198.000, according to von der leyen in february (bundeswehr to increase by 20.000 soldiers are brutalized). It is good that the "turnaround personnel" is flexible itself. There is talk of a "breathing personal body". So it was allowed to be more or less for a while. Mabstab would be but the security policy situation. And there one does not know now also, how many soldiers are needed straight and from where after the "exhale", if it becomes less, fast the willing ones with the "inhale" the aim is for the law to be enforced if there is a sudden change in the security situation. In addition, the offer to serve as a temporary soldier has already been opened up further, and a high school diploma is no longer necessary. Also with the physical fitness the eyes are closed.

Compulsory military service or growing interest in becoming a soldier

Germany is by no means alone. Also in other states the soldier’s profession is no longer attractive. Sweden has therefore already decided to reintroduce compulsory military service – and in a gender-neutral way; it has also been reintroduced in lithuania and ukraine. In germany, the reservist association had already spoken out in favor of it, and the bundeswehr band last year deplored the repeal. Recently, the cdu member of the bundestag patrick sensburg also spoke out in favor of it, but with an original reasoning. Since the abolition of compulsory military service, the bundeswehr no longer represents a cross-section of society. Compulsory military service could be quickly reintroduced by law; compulsory service is still anchored in the basic law. So far, only the afd is calling for the reintroduction of compulsory military service.

In israel, where there is compulsory military service, there is a "disturbing" trend ahead. Fewer of those conscripted want to serve in a combat unit. There was a 2 percent drop in the number of those willing to serve in 2017. It is stated that "erosion of the warrior ethos", young cadets prefer cyberware units or it jobs to the front line.

If the trendence school barometer 2017 is anything to go by, for the 20.The survey of the german federal armed forces (bundeswehr) seems to be a popular employer, at least as long as school is still in session. Apparently, there is a trend toward public tuesday. The most popular worker is the police, followed by adidas, and in third place ahead of bmw and audi is the bundeswehr, where 12 percent could imagine applying. Even among high school graduates, the armed forces are in second place for the first time ever. After all, 10 percent say they want to do federal voluntary service after finishing school, but only 3.6 percent want to do voluntary military service.

The bundeswehr attributes the increased popularity u.A. On the web series "the recruits" back to. Now schoolchildren have voted us one of the most popular employers. We are very pleased that interest in the bundeswehr as an employer is increasing significantly: in the first quarter of 2017, for example, we received 21 percent more applications for enlisted and non-commissioned officer careers than in the same period of the previous year", says dirk feldhaus, the bundeswehr’s employer brand communications officer.

The fact that four officers had just suffered heatstroke during a march and that one of them died of it was not to be a setback, but it could also be an indication that physical fitness perhaps plays too small a role in recruitment. The condition of the equipment, however, does not bode well for a secure career in public service when german military helicopters fall out of the sky simply because they lose their rotor blades.

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