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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 8:01 p.m. PST

… To The Military.

"Recruiting citizens of other EU nations to Germany's Bundeswehr has been floated by its top officer Eberhard Zorn as an "option." They would fill vacancies in posts such as military doctors and IT specialists.

Germany's armed forces appeared ready to break with its German nationality prerequisite for fixed-term and professional soldiers Thursday by suggesting that other EU citizens could help fill its thinned ranks.

Germany's draft of young adults was dropped in 2011, prompting the six-part Bundeswehr, including navy, air force and now cyber divisions, to launch elaborate recruitment campaigns…."
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Lion in the Stars27 Dec 2018 11:03 p.m. PST

I can certainly see that for the specialist fields, like doctors and techies.

It's a little more complicated for combat troops.

soledad27 Dec 2018 11:31 p.m. PST

Having non citizens in such sensitive positions as IT technicians? That would be incredibly stupid.

witteridderludo28 Dec 2018 5:10 a.m. PST

In EUSSR, all are citizens…

28mm Fanatik28 Dec 2018 7:49 a.m. PST

Germany has been building its own "foreign legion" for years.


28mm Fanatik28 Dec 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

Come to think of it, Germany assimilated many foreign units ("volunteers") into its forces during WWII mostly fighting on the Ostfront. So this really isn't anything unprecedented.

USAFpilot28 Dec 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

"The German Foreign Legion"; how does that sound? How has the French Foreign Legion worked out for the French?

28mm Fanatik28 Dec 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

The FFL is a rather different situation and has been around for a long time. It's an elite unit comprised of multi-nationals (including Frenchmen) under one standard distinct from the regular French army. It's used mostly to protect and further French overseas "colonial" interests.

The Bundeswehr has absorbed complete brigades from other European armies (e.g., Dutch, Czech, Romanian) as noted in the FP article linked in my previous post. It also formed a joint brigade with France in the form of the Franco-German brigade as early as 1989.

As I mentioned previously, the German army had many foreign volunteers fighting in its ranks during the Second World War. There were even "elite" formations like the 5th Waffen SS Wiking Division.

The groundwork for an "Euro Army" is there if Germany and France are really serious about creating one.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 2:29 p.m. PST

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