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Germany Considers Allowing Alll EU Citizens To Enroll In Its Armed Forces

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Germany Considers Allowing Alll EU Citizens To Enroll In Its Armed Forces

AFP 2018 / CHRISTOF STACHE

Germany’s Armed Forces are looking into the possibility of removing the German nationality prerequisite for fixed-term and professional soldiers, suggesting that hat other EU citizens could help fill its ranks, General Eberhard Zorn, the Bundeswehr’s general inspector said on December 27th.

He said that Germany “must look in all directions and seek suitable trainees.” Recruiting EU citizens was “one option,” Zorn said. “We are talking here, for example, about doctors or IT-specialists,” similarly to a Defense Ministry strategy paper of 2016.

The initiative comes after the German Government adopted a draft bill that would allow Germany to admit skilled workers from around the work.

RT reported that the initiative also received backing from the German parliament. Hans-Peter Bartels, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, said that recruitment of EU citizens would be “a kind of normality” as the Bundeswehr already has “many soldiers with migratory backgrounds or dual-nationality citizens” within its ranks.

Furthermore, an estimated 530,000 EU citizens aged between 18 and 30 currently live in Germany, and these people could form a significant additional recruitment pool for the German Army.

The notion to recruit EU citizens to the German Army ranks is not a new one, in 2017, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen already proposed the idea. Furthermore, she once more proposed the idea in July 2018.

There was some voices of opposition as well, Social Democratic Party (SPD) defense expert Karl-Heinz Brunner said that “If citizens of other countries are accepted, without the promise of getting a German passport, the Bundeswehr risks becoming a mercenary army.”

Christian Social Union (CSU) defense spokesman Florian Hahn also raised concerns about ensuring a high level of trust between soldiers.

“Using the framework of European liberalism, a modern model could be developed here. However, a certain level of trust with every solider must be guaranteed,” he said.

However, Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader Alice Weidel sharply criticized the proposal and blamed staffing shortages elsewhere.

“The policy has lost all common sense. The reason for staffing problems is the suspension of compulsory military service.”

Compulsory military service was abolished in 2011, making the military service voluntary in Germany. In 2017, 21,000 posts including officer positions were left vacant.

The Bundeswehr still plans to further increase its numbers, which should reach 203,000 by 2025. Defense Minister von der Leyen boasted that uniformed soldier numbers would reach 182,000 by the end of 2018, which is 6,500 more compared to 2016’s low point.

Allowing non-nationals to enroll into the army wouldn’t be something uncommon as smaller countries from the EU have been doing it for a while.

Some notable examples are: Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Ireland.

EU citizens aged between 18 and 34 have been allowed to join Belgium’s armed forces since 2004.

The Danish military allows foreign recruits, as long as they are already living in Denmark and can speak Danish.

Luxembourg also allows EU citizens to join, as long as they have been living in the country for three years and are aged between 18 and 24.

Ireland allows any citizen of the European Economic Area (the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) to join its military, while other foreign nationals can also apply as long as they have been living in Ireland for three years.

The UK has a tradition of sourcing military recruits from its former colonies, now called the Commonwealth. Facing similar problems to Germany, the British Ministry of Defense in November announced that it would no longer require Commonwealth nationals to have lived in the UK for five years. No other foreigners, including EU nationals are allowed.

France has its French Foreign Legion, it’s oldest foreigner-only military branch that is still active. It was founded in 1831 and foreigners are led by French officers, the recruits can apply for French citizenship after three years of service.

Spain has allowed foreigners into its service since 2002, when it began recruiting citizens from ex-colonies. Initially, the quota of foreign personnel was limited to 2%, though that was later raised to 9%.

Russia also loosened the rules on foreigners joining the military. Russia has also made the army a fast-tracked route to citizenship: non-Russians who speak Russian can sign five-year contracts to join the military, with the option of applying for citizenship after three years.

The US allows permanent residents and Green Card holders to apply to the military, a path that is also seen a fast-track to citizenship. The US military also has regulations allowing citizens of small Pacific nations like Micronesia and Palau to join up.

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  • RusskiiTroll54

    German citizens put value to their lifes so they eventually will not join the army knowing that its use will probably be againts Russia, so the zionist government decides to enroll non-German citizens in order to complete the ranks, i guess this aims at poorer european countries which population would eventually take a chance to enroll, as we have seen with French legionaries that has most its mercenaries from africa, eastern europe and latin america.

    • Jens Holm

      Yerrrh, not sandniggers like You even if You changed skin as Michael Jackson.

      • RusskiiTroll54

        Sandnigger? I am Ukrainian..! Also these so called “sandniggers” are annihilating saudi backed orks in Yemen, it would be a great honour to be a houthi sandnigger if so!!

      • RusskiiTroll54

        Sandnigger? I am Ukrainian..! Also these so called “sandniggers” are annihilating saudi backed orks in Yemen, it would be a great honour to be a houthi sandnigger if so!!

      • northerntruthseeker .

        Yes, these so called ‘sandniggers’ have been fighting for the survival of some 10+ million innocent human beings in Yemen….

      • FlorianGeyer

        I wonder if your employers would print what you have just said Jens :)

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  • DenLilleAbe

    I do not think this is a good idea. The next thing will be “Contractors”.

  • Smaug

    Germany will want people loyal to Germany, not the EU. The real solution (that the politicians will never understand) is to draft everyone.

  • FlorianGeyer

    ” The notion to recruit EU citizens to the German Army ranks is not a new one,”

    Irrespective of any political alignment it is a fact that the Waffen SS were just as courageous as elite soldiers from other nations and recruited from every country in Europe, even Britain. It is a historical fact that cannot b airbrushed from history by the victors, however much they try, and indeed should not be if previous conflicts are not studied to demonstrate the total waste of war.

    “The greatest triumph of the Waffen-SS though, was not on the field of battle. It was in its policy of recruiting non-German volunteers, not as hired mercenaries, but as co-fighters for a European ideal.”

    http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v02/v02p-59_Landwehr.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Fzp7wCMzQ

    • Jens Holm

      Of course You relate to nazis, but in facts it very normalto have foreifn troopers as a part of Your own. Ottomans even had slaves named janoshars as well as General Molkte a very good follower to Clausewitch reaoganozed the ottoman army.