I'm sure male recruitment rose a little after that one
Ummm, yes Am I the only one thinking "Starship Troopers"?
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 1158 AM
Posted 25 January 2020 - 0345 AM
Unsurprisingly for anybody who has followed the slow growth of troop strength in particular - since previous defense minister Ursula von der Leyen announced a "trend change" for personnel in 2017, recruiting efforts have succeded in increasing the number of active troops only from about 177,000 to 183,000, about 2,000 per year - a current report of the MoD to the Bundestag's defense committee warns that even more than limited financial mid-term planning, a lack of personnel is threatening implementation of capabilities announced to NATO for 2031. Even if the current target of 203,000 by 2025 was met, actual requirements look to be higher.
Just saw a report that 183,000 had been exceeded at last year's end. For scale:
December 2015: 177,100
December 2016: 177,600
December 2017: 179,600
December 2018: 181,300
December 2019: 183,700
Posted 25 January 2020 - 1256 PM
it's clear that the German government has focused at least a little on the more immediate concerns about the state of its armed forces. This is mainly evidenced by last may's announcement of an increase in defence spending, but it seems that there is some effort to spend the money well, rather than pissing it all away on new development weapon systems. there is an effort as noted above to improve manning, but also equipment readiness which as we've noted in the past has been dreadful, and also some signs of improving weapon stocks.
Posted 02 February 2020 - 1047 AM
Invitation to tender for the Bundeswehr's future Heavy Transport Helicopter is finally out with half a year delay for initial failure to apportion money in the defense budget.
Boeing and Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky issued their tenders for the CH-47F and CH-53K respectively on 13 January. Final offers to be made at the end of the year, to be decided on in early 2021, with deliveries envisioned from 2024.
Edited by BansheeOne, 02 February 2020 - 1047 AM.