Afghanistan Puts Germans Off Military Career

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    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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  2. msr

    msr LE

    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.

  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.........
  4. Typical. The Germans never want to travel further than Belgium.
  5. Maybe someone should suggest they invade via Poland?

  7. Why is that then.....?

  8. 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.

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  11. 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.
  13. We did? :lol:
  14. More ''Prussian'' spirit needed.
  15. Have they given up on conscription then? When did that happen? :?