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…