From the middle of 2014 to present, 469 soldiers, including 62 women, have filed applications to suspend their military service.
According to the newspaper, 67 % of the applications were accepted, 25% were disapproved. The remaining applications were considered unlawful or withdrawn by the applicants themselves.
"When the risk in the profession of a soldier — to kill or be killed in specific combat situations — is perceived as a fundamental experience for the first time…only then it leads to such consequences," German political expert Katrin Kunert said, cited by DW.
Earlier, Reihnische Post also reported that the number of German soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders was on the rise. In 2015, the figure increased by 15% compared to the previous year, from 204 to 235 patients.
On a case by case basis, each officer will have to pay the German government between 1,200 to 69,000 euros.
Currently, the German army consists of 167,000 soldiers, which is lower than the initial target of 170,000. As previously reported, the head of the German Ministry of Defense Ursula von der Leyer is planning to expand the German armed forces by 7,000 before 2017.