But all may not be as it seems, as new information has come to light indicating that a reinstatement may be justified.
As the four sue to be returned to their former positions in the Bundeswehr, new information from investigators has shown that military prosecutors have caused some of the accusations to be invalidated, while, with others, a lack of evidence is pointing the cases toward dismissal.
The suits bring added pressure on von der Leyen, as many in government and in the military accuse her of mismanagement and politicization, according to Dw.com.
Von der Leyen has taken heat for a drop in the morale of the Bundeswehr, as well as for her handling of cases involving right-wing extremism and terrorism within the force.
Retired Major General Christian Trull on Wednesday accused the defense minister of "exaggeration and alarmism" in the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper, cited by Dw.com.
If the expected Thursday verdict reinstates the four, the criticism against von der Leyen will appear justified, possibly resulting in calls for her resignation or dismissal.