Bundeswehr faces biggest shake-up in its history
Rahvusvahelised uudised 23 Aug 2010  EWR
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Deutsche Welle
German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has revealed his plans to reduce the size of the army. The total number of soldiers will be cut to around 165,000, with compulsory service practically abolished.

Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg presented his draft plans for the future of the German army to government ministers on Monday.

The model Guttenberg unveiled will see the present 252,000 soldiers cut to 163,500 over the next few years, a reduction of around a third.

Conscription will be suspended in the short term, with young men no longer called up to do compulsory service. But Guttenberg stressed that it was important conscription retains its place in the constitution, in case it becomes viable.

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