• Germany edition
 
A third of volunteer military recruits drop out
Photo: DPA

A third of volunteer military recruits drop out

Published: 03 Jan 2013 08:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Jan 2013 08:50 GMT+01:00

Nearly one in three of Germans who volunteer to join the armed forces leave before the end of their six-month trial period, figures released this week show.

The 30.4 percent drop-out rate is an increase on a year ago when the rate was 27 percent. Defence Ministry figures released on Wednesday showed that 11,150 people completed a voluntary military service which lasts on average 13 months.

Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziére set a target of between 5,000 and 15,000 volunteers in July 2011, when compulsory military or social service was scrapped.

He said recently that the high drop-out rate was not a surprise. "Some recruits are obviously surprised when they are expected to show up with polished boots in the morning, have to sleep in a room with several other soldiers, or that they can only smoke during smoke breaks," he said.

Interest in the voluntary social service is significantly greater, with nearly all 35,000 open places filled since the start of 2012. This is despite the fact that those signing up for voluntary military service are paid up to €1,146 a month while those doing social service get just €348.

Those who volunteer for social service are far less likely to break off their commitment early, with just 15 percent doing so, the Family Ministry said on Wednesday.

DPA/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:41 January 3, 2013 by raandy
Maintaing numbers in the military must be a challenge if given a 6 month trial period.

The military I remember made it clear become an actual or an inmate.
11:00 January 3, 2013 by Zubair Khan
To me sole reason is disciplined life. Specially when it comes to personal freedom. Specific timings for each personal act no one here in Germany likes. Its a societal behaviour or attitude. Social and other experts can do a lot by introducing some discipline in erly school life.
15:56 January 3, 2013 by 9900lawre
And for 1 in 3 there is always flower arranging classes! Thats if you like to and it doesn't offend you or get you out of bed to early or go against your human rights or put you at risk from getting your fingers pricked by a rose so that you can sue the flower shop owner!
18:23 January 3, 2013 by twisted
Sure as hell ain't the army I was in back in the 1960's (US Army 1966-69). While not the Marine Corps, it wasn't a picnic either. And once you were in, you were in short of medical discharge. Mud, lousy food, fart-infested barracks, cold showers, and shiny books and knife creases. If you weren't running, you were marching and if not marching, maybe sleeping ot attending classes or peeling potatoes or washing dishes....no civilian contractors to do those jobs. No wonder our wars drag on forever anymore.
19:15 January 3, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
The drop-outs would rather be out writing graffiti, damaging property and generally being anti-social a-holes.
16:22 January 4, 2013 by Morseman
@twisted

In the British Army, stationed in Germany in the 1960s, my unit had been living in the forests for six weeks on NATO exercise. We stank. Our CO got permission from nearby US barracks to use their washroom and showers - a real luxury in our situation.

We entered a long washroom and found washbasins along one wall, and WCs with no partitions of any kind along the other wall. Some guys standing there shaving, others sitting on the johns.

So in the US Army you don't even have five minutes of privacy to smoke a cigarette on the john! The idea of spending years like that was horrifying to us!

Best wishes Marine...
16:55 January 4, 2013 by Timec
@Berlin fuer alles - That's hilariously presumptuous of you. Military life, while extremely rewarding for some, isn't for everyone. To assume that anyone who tries it but chooses not to stick around must be a delinquent of some sort is really, really stupid.
08:27 January 5, 2013 by Morseman
@twisted

Sorry, just noticed I referred to you as a marine.

My post should have ended with

Best wishes, soldier.
Today's headlines
German ladies net Fed Cup final appearance
Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates her victory over Australia's Sam Stosur with teammates after their match in the Fed Cup semi-final. AFP Photo: Patrick Hamilton

German ladies net Fed Cup final appearance

Angelique Kerber put Germany into their first Fed Cup final in 22 years with a fighting victory over Australia's Samantha Stosur in the semi-final in Brisbane on Sunday. READ () »

Germany should make use of shale gas: EU
EU commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger pictured in Luxembourg in 2013. AFP Photo: Georges Gobet

Germany should make use of shale gas: EU

EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has urged Germany to make use of shale gas options and added that the he saw no danger of Europe's access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine. READ () »

Tennis aces close in on Fed Cup final
Members of the German Fed Cup Team celebrate after an earlier victory in the tournament. Photo: DPA

Tennis aces close in on Fed Cup final

Germany took hold of their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday, winning both the opening day singles to lead Australia 2-0 in Brisbane. READ () »

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany

Croatia extradited a former Yugoslav spy chief, Zdravko Mustac, to Germany on Thursday to face charges for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil. READ () »

German court jails Somali pirate for 12 years
An officer of the Lower Saxon Criminal Investigation Department (CID) securing evidence on the hijacked ship Marida Marguerite. Photo: DPA

German court jails Somali pirate for 12 years

A German court has sentenced a Somali pirate chief to 12 years in jail for hijacking a ship off the Horn of Africa and tormenting its crew during an eight-month ordeal. READ () »

New app helps clients find prostitutes
Photo: DPA

New app helps clients find prostitutes

While the German government is considering tightening prostitution laws, Berlin entrepreneurs have developed a smartphone app to connect sex-workers with clients. READ () »

Highs of 22C forecast for Easter weekend
Photo: DPA

Highs of 22C forecast for Easter weekend

The days running up to Easter may be cool and wet, but the holiday weekend should be a bit warmer for most of Germany, according to forecasters. READ () »

Berlin man must call himself a mother
The fight over the transgender man's right to be his child's official father has been raging since last year. Photo: DPA

Berlin man must call himself a mother

A transgender person who became the first man in Germany to give birth in March 2013 must be registered as the child's mother, a court has ruled after his year-long court battle to be named a father. READ () »

Study: rape convictions fall sharply
Photo: DPA

Study: rape convictions fall sharply

The chance of being convicted of rape in Germany has more than halved in the past two decades to fewer than one in ten, a major study revealed on Thursday. READ () »

SPD: Restore 45-percent investment tax
The tax privilege for investment income is unfair, says the SPD. Photo: DPA

SPD: Restore 45-percent investment tax

The centre-left half of Germany's coalition government has called for the old top rate of a 45-percent tax on investments to be brought back - to match standard income tax and fight the squeeze on middle incomes. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Rhineland
Elderly man taped €200,000 to his genitals
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
What's the unemployment rate in your area of Germany?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Nine ways to celebrate Easter like a German
Photo: Galerie Bilderwelt
Gallery
World War I in colour photos
Photo: DPA
Society
'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Photo: DPA
Society
JobTalk: Why you should teach English in Germany
Photo: DPA
National
330,000 sign up against TV licence fee
Photo: DPA
Hamburg
School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
Photo: Submitted
Frankfurt
'I'll get even with my old pal Schwarzenegger'
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The week in pictures: April 5th - April 11th
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Ten great inventions you (probably) didn't know were German
Photo: J. Arthur White
Berlin
Clashes in Berlin as refugees tear down their own camp
Advertisement:
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Munich's baby polar bears are finally named
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The 10 best German employers to work for
CurrencyFair
Sponsored Article
Why it pays to avoid banks when making overseas transfers
Mr. Lodge
Sponsored Article
How to find a furnished rental in Munich
Sponsored Article
How to make a lasting impression in business
Hult International Business School
Sponsored Article
What they don't teach you at Business School
Photo: DPA
Society
Nine jobs you can only do in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,056
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd