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Bundeswehr to attract volunteer troops with better pay, bonuses

The Local · 11 Dec 2010, 11:54

Published: 11 Dec 2010 11:54 GMT+01:00

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The Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper said the draft law foresees a triple system of financial and other incentives, including drivers' licenses, leisure-time perks and continued education opportunities.

Soldiers would receive an additional €19.20 over the standard service pay rate each month. New volunteers would also receive monthly bonuses of €100 for staying in the military, according to the paper. For each month served, soldiers would receive discharge pay of €76.80.

Under the draft law, the final round of conscripts would be drafted on May 1, 2011. The government hopes the planned pay improvements will encourage most young recruits drafted shortly before the official end of compulsory service to stay on with the military.

Senior members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), backed the move to suspend conscription in late September. Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had argued that suspending compulsory service was an essential reform of the country's armed forces.

On Thursday, leaders of Merkel's coalition government agreed on troop reductions in the Bundeswehr, from 240,000 to 185,000 soldiers. Professional soldiers would account for most of that number, with 15,000 volunteers rounding out the ranks.

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Yet members of the political opposition have criticised the government's plans: The Social Democrats' defence expert Rainer Arnold told German news agency DPA that he worried the reforms were being "poorly done," with a little more than half a year left before the July 1 deadline.


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Your comments about this article

14:58 December 11, 2010 by Rüger
How long is a draftee required to serve under the old laws???

It would be nice to see manditory service here in the U.S.!!
15:16 December 11, 2010 by raandy
Good pay and bonuses will help,but high unemployment would help more..

In the US recruiters focus on cities with high unemployment like Detroit,Cleveland and Chicago for a big part of their all volunteer military. I would not want to see mandatory service again. It cost a lot of money to train people who will be out of active service in only 2 years in the US and ((I think)) it is about 1 year for German conscripts.
22:03 December 11, 2010 by Frenemy
Not even. Its only six months for Germans...
22:10 December 11, 2010 by ReaderX
It would be nice if it was mandatory in the sense that it would teach a lot of youth the things that in reality should be taught at home (but don't). But on the other hand having a bunch of conscripts that have no other desire than ( I have to be here) fighting next to you is not always a real nice option. Many of the problems of the past (Vietnam era) were a direct cause of having a draft. Not to mention all of the loop-holes of the past that allowed (usually the rich) to escape it. A war worth fighting for shouldn't have any shortage of volunteers. The best fighters are those willing to die for their country (or cause). There are many in todays age who do not believe in "Ask not, what your country can do for you" They believe the exact opposite.
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