Military Capabilities

German parliamentary report identifies personnel and equipment shortages

22 February 2018

Key Points

  • A parliamentary report has highlighted a lack of equipment and personnel across the German armed forces
  • Collective defence and foreign deployments, as well as thousands of unfilled posts, are putting a burden on 'the smallest Bundeswehr of all time'

The Bundeswehr was short of thousands of personnel and entire classes of systems in 2017, a parliamentary report has found.

Presenting his annual report for 2017 on 20 February, Germany's parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, Hans-Peter Bartels, agreed with the caretaker government in Berlin that it would take time to reverse the downward trend in personnel, materiel, and funding.

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