Germany could soon roll out MANDATORY military recruitment screenings of 18-year-olds to boost troop numbers
06/16/2024 // Olivia Cook // Views

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has made Europe anxious and German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is suggesting a new plan to get more people to join the military. He wants to introduce mandatory checks to find potential recruits to make the army stronger because of the increased danger. Germany has had trouble getting new soldiers ever since mandatory military service ended 13 years ago.

The German Minister of Defense has proposed a new plan to boost the number of recruits in the armed forces by introducing a new model of military service. He wants to implement a mandatory screening process for potential recruits to strengthen the army amid rising risks.

Unlike the old system of conscription, which was abolished in 2011, this new model would not force everyone to serve. Instead, it focuses on voluntary participation with some mandatory aspects, if needed. (Related: Germany mulls CONSCRIPTION for all 18-year-olds.)

In the proposal presented to the Defense Committee of the Bundestag – the lower house of the German parliament – young people who turn 18 would be required to fill out a questionnaire about their interest and ability to serve in the army. While both men and women will receive the questionnaire, only men will be required to complete it. (Related: Denmark calls for mandatory military conscription for women.)

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gauge interest and identify the most capable and motivated individuals, who can then be invited for an interview. Although military service will remain voluntary, the idea is to attract more young people and strengthen the reserves.

Human knowledge is under attack! Governments and powerful corporations are using censorship to wipe out humanity's knowledge base about nutrition, herbs, self-reliance, natural immunity, food production, preparedness and much more. We are preserving human knowledge using AI technology while building the infrastructure of human freedom. Speak freely without censorship at the new decentralized, blockchain-power Explore our free, downloadable generative AI tools at Brighteon.AI. Support our efforts to build the infrastructure of human freedom by shopping at, featuring lab-tested, certified organic, non-GMO foods and nutritional solutions.

The new model includes six months of basic training, with an option to extend up to 17 months. Those who complete the service will join the reserves.

Germany needs around 460,000 soldiers to meet NATO defense commitments

This initiative aims to "accelerate and strengthen reserves for global defense," according to a parliamentary meeting participant. The long-term goal is to have approximately 200,000 active-duty personnel and 260,000 reservists.

Despite recent efforts to recruit more soldiers, the number of active-duty troops in Germany dropped to about 180,000 last year. Pistorius, currently a very popular political figure in Germany, has emphasized the need to make the army "war-ready to defend the country and fulfill its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) obligations.

Germany has been increasing its defense budget over the past two years after years of cuts following the Cold War. However, Pistorius is calling for even more funding. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his coalition government currently support an entirely voluntary approach to military service.

Germany's military is facing a decline in numbers despite efforts to attract more volunteers, according to DW. For Germany to meet its NATO defense commitments, it will eventually need around 460,000 soldiers.

SPD politician Johannes Arlt mentioned the goal of recruiting 40,000 men and conscripting 10,000 each year initially – with hopes of increasing these numbers over time. However, he pointed out challenges, such as a lack of capacity, infrastructure and beds at military bases.

Pistorius reiterated the need for some form of military service, especially after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine raised concerns about Europe’s security. He emphasized that Germany must strengthen its armed forces, the Bundeswehr, to be fully operational by the end of the decade.

Nils Jan Grunder, a politician from the Free Democratic Party, and Serap Güler from the opposition Christian Democratic Union both agree on the necessity of this plan. Güler stressed that "war has come to Europe" and the Bundeswehr is not currently prepared for the worst-case scenario. She criticized the current efforts as insufficient and called for a return to full conscription–wishing the defense minister had taken a bolder approach.

Watch the following video about Germany announcing its plan to increase recruits in the armed forces.

This video is from the Daily Videos channel on

More related stories:

British army chief calls for creation of "citizen army" amid rising threat to the U.K.

Swiss government considering GENDER-NEUTRAL military conscription.

Feminists demanded equality; now all women may be required to register for the military draft and serve in future wars.

Sources include:

Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.