German army eyes recruiting EU citizens

German army eyes recruiting EU citizens
Two of Germany's 95 active main battle tanks (Leopard 2A5s) show off their snorkeling capability. Black dot at head of right-hand wake is the second tank. (Image: Screen grab of Wikipedia video)

[Ed. – No, silly, not that German army. Not the EU army being pushed by Germany. This is the actual German army, contemplating the recruitment of people from other EU nations to fill vacant positions.  (No wonder Germany doesn’t want Brexit to happen.  The whole British Commonwealth, with its big armed forces recruiting base, departs the building.)]

Seven years after Germany scrapped conscription, its defence chief has said employing EU citizens is “an option” to fill expert posts.

Army general inspector Eberhard Zorn said the forces had to “look in all directions in times of a lack of qualified personnel”, such as doctors and IT specialists.

The armed forces have been beset by years of under-investment.

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Germany aims to increase its military by 21,000 personnel by 2025. …

[T]he Funke newspaper group … said the government had already consulted EU partners and that most had reacted cautiously, particularly in Eastern Europe.

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