A Defense Ministry spokesperson told the German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine that the Bundeswehr has opened up to citizens of the EU under a 2016 White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr, but it’s now that the option has been “included in the updated recruitment strategy.”
“The Bundeswehr’s strength will grow. To this end, we need qualified personnel, therefore we are considering every available option,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, member of the Social Democratic Party Karl-Heinz Brunner has said that the Defense Ministry would attract foreigners to the Bundeswehr by offering them the prospect of obtaining German citizenship.
“If citizens from other states are allowed, even with the promise of obtaining a German passport, the Bundeswehr risks becoming a kind of mercenary army,” he said.
In 2011, Germany suspended compulsory conscription for men; currently, the Bundeswehr comprises some 87,000 civilian personnel and 177,000 military staff.