Afghanistan Puts Germans Off Military Career

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DWINDLING ARMY APPLICATIONS

Afghanistan Puts Germans Off Military Career


The German army is facing a shortage of recruits. Demographics play a role in the problem, but so too do poor pay and conditions. However, army representatives say the biggest problem is the dangerous mission in Afghanistan.

German political pundits are fond of pointing out that, should Barack Obama be elected as the next president of the United States, it will be much more difficult for Germany to turn him down should he ask Berlin for help in the world's hotspots. But recent statistics show that even should the political will exist, the German army might have trouble mustering the soldiers necessary.
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http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,575176,00.html
 
#2
I would rather ascribe this to the crappy mission statement provided by the Bundeswehr.

If they offered the Wehrmacht a crunchy tour, I am sure there would be no shortage of volunteers.

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#3
I would say that its because they wont be allowed to sort it using Blitzkrieg. Its no fun if you have to play by the wheezy kids rules.

Panzers, Luftwaffe, Jumpers for goalposts.........
 
#5
Maybe someone should suggest they invade via Poland?
 
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Skynet said:
DWINDLING ARMY APPLICATIONS

Afghanistan Puts Germans Off Military Career


The German army is facing a shortage of recruits. Demographics play a role in the problem, but so too do poor pay and conditions. However, army representatives say the biggest problem is the dangerous mission in Afghanistan.

Their part of Afghanistan is almost childs play compared with the South.
 
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Skynet said:
DWINDLING ARMY APPLICATIONS

..........German political pundits are fond of pointing out that, should Barack Obama be elected as the next president of the United States, it will be much more difficult for Germany to turn him down should he ask Berlin for help in the world's hotspots.


Why is that then.....?

Johnny
 
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tommyhutch said:
Typical, the one time that Germans running round a foreign country killing the locals would be internationally welcomed and they don't wanna play.
Yes, but that's the problem. When it's 'allowed', all the fun is taken out of it.
 
#9
Two-dozen Taliban militants killed in Pakistan's Swat valley

(RTTNews) - An aerial raid targeting Maulana Fazlullah, who has been leading an Islamic insurgency in Pakistan's Swat region for the enforcement of Taliban rule since last year, resulted in the death of two dozens of pro-Taliban militants, reports quoting security officials said.

On receiving information that the dreaded terrorist leader was present in the Shakai areas of the Swat district along with his close aides, helicopter gunships bombarded militants' hideouts Friday afternoon, local time.

Pakistani military's spokesman, Major Murad Khan did not confirm the number of casualties.

In another incident Friday, four people, including two paramilitary soldiers, were killed and more than 30 wounded in an attempt to prevent a suicidal car bomb attack on a military camp near a key road tunnel in NWFP.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

For comments and feedback: contact editorial@rttnews.com
 
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Drlligaf said:
Skynet said:
DWINDLING ARMY APPLICATIONS

Afghanistan Puts Germans Off Military Career


The German army is facing a shortage of recruits. Demographics play a role in the problem, but so too do poor pay and conditions. However, army representatives say the biggest problem is the dangerous mission in Afghanistan.

Their part of Afghanistan is almost childs play compared with the South.
There is much credence in that since from the same Der Spiegel, it is reported that that the Bundeswehr has, after being deployed in theatre for six years, just achieved it's first kill'!
 
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johnnyonthespot said:
Skynet said:
DWINDLING ARMY APPLICATIONS

..........German political pundits are fond of pointing out that, should Barack Obama be elected as the next president of the United States, it will be much more difficult for Germany to turn him down should he ask Berlin for help in the world's hotspots.


Why is that then.....?

Johnny


Because they love Obama more in Germany than in the states?
 
#12
For God's sake if you're going to go the volunteer army route or use a core of professional cadre you have to pay them and give benefits at least something near market value.

The Brits and US learned that lesson long ago.
 
#15
Have they given up on conscription then? When did that happen? :?
 
#16
Das Bundeswehr are currently on sick leave with sore muscles I am reliably informed.

They couldn't find a crisis if it ran half a mile down hill and kicked them up das Bundes arrsche mein shatz.
 
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JoseyWales said:
Das Bundeswehr are currently on sick leave with sore muscles I am reliably informed.

They couldn't find a crisis if it ran half a mile down hill and kicked them up das Bundes arrsche mein shatz.
forgot a C
 
#19
JoseyWales said:
Das Bundeswehr are currently on sick leave with sore muscles I am reliably informed.

They couldn't find a crisis if it ran half a mile down hill and kicked them up das Bundes arrsche mein shatz.
Console yourself with the thought that the Germans are concentrating on business right now.

When they last took their army really seriously, they made it as far as Moscow and El Alamein, and that was with the Americans on the opposite side...
 
#20
The post war Bundeswehr is subject to a number of constraints which severely limit it's operational effectiveness.

They are no longer allowed a mobile field brothel, and lets face it when you go to some places it's nice to take your own.

They are now unable to round up the local population and execute them on the basis of 10 villagers for every German.

Interrogation is limited to the suspect being told in a loud voice - I think you are a fibber!!
 

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