Volunteer soldiers quit Germany’s military after a change of heart

A request by Germany’s opposition Left party has revealed that hundreds of soldiers serving with the Bundeswehr have decided to rethink their planned career since summer 2014. A total of 469 soldiers have entered a plea to leave the army on grounds of having a conscientious objection.

Katrin Kunert, the Left’s spokeswoman for military matters, believes it’s not surprising – wondering whether some soldiers have been shocked by their first taste of combat.

“The risk of being a professional soldier, to have to kill or be killed, often becomes appreciable for the first time only in a genuine combat situation,” Kunert told the Rheinische Post newspaper. “Often, that’s the first time that the full extent of the risk can be grasped.”

NATO ain’t lookin so good nowadays…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It sure ain’t your grandfather’s wehrmacht anymore!

  • It’s not pleasant to think on one’s untimely demise.

    It’s also unpleasant to sit back and do nothing while your country suffers that fate.

  • Jay Currie

    Well, when you have to leave maneuvers because you are over your 40 hours a week limit you quickly conclude that you are not in a serious army.

    • Minicapt

      This also suggests that recruiting was ‘influenced’ by the need for diversity and alternate service models, in which the probability death and destruction were unaccountably overlooked.
      A LIzzie May styled guardians of the nation.


      • Slickfoot

        Yeah… I have a hard time picturing the Trany Brigade doing a bayonet charge.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    My how things have changed over the last 75 years. The German military was once feared throughout the world and Jews were regarded as meek pacifists who would be quietly slaughtered instead of fighting back. Now this has become of the German fighting spirit while Israel’s (mostly) Jewish military is universally respected, if not feared, and recruits, including women, clamor for combat assignments.

  • Clausewitz

    How many are leaving because they no longer believe in the government that is giving the orders?

  • Brenda

    How many are leaving because they do not want to be forced to attack their fellow citizens in order to defend ‘refugees’?

  • simus1

    There are thousands of young Gurkhas

  • Hard Little Machine

    I don’t know why. Europe’s largest military deployments since 1962 (French Algerian War) are in the toniest parts of the wealthiest cities in Europe. How bad could that possibly be?

  • Exile1981

    I wonder if the ones leaving are from a specific group…. maybe get weapons training free from the gov’t and then leave to join some other group?

  • politicallynaive

    Eastwood was right…””The Pussy Generation”