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German schoolkids told: The military wants you

The Local · 24 Mar 2013, 16:02

Published: 24 Mar 2013 16:02 GMT+01:00

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The leaflets, extolling the virtues of careers in “various occupational fields” offered by the German military, were sent out to 1,000 minors in Lensahn in the northern state of Schleswig Holstein, wrote the regional Lübecker Nachrichten on Sunday.

The army has said it will apologise to the families of children mistakenly sent the material, among them toddlers and babies under a year old, wrote the paper. But the Bundeswehr's HR department in Cologne told the paper it was not to blame for the “very unpleasant” incident.

Fault for the embarrassing glitch lies with the civilian registry office in Lensahn, which when asked for contact details of all citizens aged 17 and over, instead sent the military the registered names and addresses of local minors under 17 years old.

Dieter van Bühren, office supervisor at the Lensahn authority admitted to what he called a “stupid mistake,” which was both annoying and embarrassing, wrote the paper.

The Bundeswehr ramped up its recruitment drive after compulsory service was abolished two years ago.

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This is not the first time the army has accidentally advertised to toddlers and schoolchildren in the region. In 2011, leaflets were sent out to 2,000 children in Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein, after the local registry office made exactly the same mistake.

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17:09 March 24, 2013 by pepsionice
I'll bet that fifty percent of the kids have pasted that package onto the wall, and dreaming of a career with the Bundeswehr. You can imagine a seven-year old....being invited to join up. Sit back ten years and watch this area. It'll have more recruits than any other region in Germany.
19:21 March 24, 2013 by The-ex-pat
@17:09 March 24, 2013 by pepsionice

Exactly, it is amazing what people get their collective knickers in twist for nowadays.....
20:35 March 24, 2013 by Leo Strauss
'tight-faced kids... innocents dragged from Mama's skirt... sailing with them makes you feel so old... it's like a Children's Crusade.'
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