Army and military equipment are seemingly becoming a natural part of leisure and family activities in Germany. The last major “military” event took place on June 13 in 15 various cities in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Bundeswehr, WSWS reported.
German President Joachim Gauck had called for a stronger role of the army in the German society already in 2012.
"Generals, officers, Bundeswehr soldiers – come back to the middle of our society!" he appealed to his audience.
The Bundeswehr anniversary was not the only part of an intensive and comprehensive military strategy to recruit young people for the armed service. The strategy is aimed at militarizing the whole society and recalls the darkest times of German history, with the population being re-accustomed to violence and preparing for new wars, WSWS wrote.
To attract more people to its military ranks, the government has been investing ever-increasing sums of money into recruitment activities since 2011. While in 2009 the allocated financing was "only" €3.8 million, the planned spending in 2015 is nearly ten times more and amounts to €35.5 million.
The central task of the new strategy is to make the German army "one of the most attractive employers" in the country. It includes a comprehensive recruitment policy at schools, job fairs or on the Internet.
Anti-Russian propaganda is one of the most common ones. The German youth is being convinced that Russia poses a serious threat to international security, which the EU and NATO have to tackle immediately.