From a couple of news sources..... German soldiers who are in relationships with each other will be able to sleep together in barracks and on foreign missions. Peter Struck, the defence minister, said the new guidelines applied to homosexual as well as heterosexual couples. They were necessary to reflect "social normality". Until now, sex between married or cohabiting servicemen has been forbidden in barracks and on operations at home and abroad. The change was announced after protests from several Social Democrat MPs who said that the ban on cohabitation in barracks was putting women off becoming soldiers. There was also growing criticism in military circles that the ban on sexual relations, which was imposed to safeguard order and discipline, was "hostile to life". Senior officers argued that married couples living in barracks should not face disciplinary proceedings if they had relations while they were off-duty. The defence ministry dismissed a suggestion that the new rules would lead to a distraction from or a dereliction of duty. A spokesman said: "It is more likely that people would become distracted if this were not permitted and couples were not allowed to say goodnight properly. Sexuality is a part of being a human being regardless of whether you wear a uniform." Last year women soldiers made 83 claims of sexual abuse. The spokesman said strict control of the new rules would help stop abuse. Now I know the Tchermans are a little different. However, say this comes to a base near you? Discuss.