Why Germany is talking about compulsory national service again

Why Germany is talking about compulsory national service again

It is one of Germany’s most controversial topics. Conscription, including compulsory service to support the military, is being debated again after a politician suggested holding a referendum on the issue.

Govt paper mulls bringing back army conscription

Govt paper mulls bringing back army conscription

Ex-generals: Bring back conscription

Ex-generals: Bring back conscription

A third of volunteer military recruits drop out

A third of volunteer military recruits drop out

Hitler bomb plot ceremony marred by row

Hitler bomb plot ceremony marred by row

Bundeswehr begins new era as conscription ends

Bundeswehr begins new era as conscription ends

Military faces looming soldier shortage

Military faces looming soldier shortage

Army eyes school dropouts to fill ranks

Army eyes school dropouts to fill ranks

Last Bundeswehr conscripts report for duty

Last Bundeswehr conscripts report for duty

End to military conscription could overwhelm universities

End to military conscription could overwhelm universities

Military conscription to be suspended in July

Military conscription to be suspended in July

Conservatives approve end to conscription

Conservatives approve end to conscription

Military reforms could alienate soldiers, Bundeswehr commissioner warns

Military reforms could alienate soldiers, Bundeswehr commissioner warns

Guttenberg to slash military, end draft

Guttenberg to slash military, end draft

Guttenberg wants military reform by 2011

Guttenberg wants military reform by 2011

Defence Ministry plans troop reduction to 165,000 volunteers

Defence Ministry plans troop reduction to 165,000 volunteers

Majority of Germans want to end conscription

Majority of Germans want to end conscription

Germans undecided about military service

Germans undecided about military service

Westerwelle urges quick end to conscription

Westerwelle urges quick end to conscription

Military plans exclude conscripts

Military plans exclude conscripts

Guttenberg blasted by predecessor Jung

Guttenberg blasted by predecessor Jung

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Half of German conscripts unfit for Bundeswehr