The Bundeswehr has set up a media report that in the year 2018, for the first time in five years less minors.
such As the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”, citing Figures from the Ministry of defense reported, recruited the German armed forces last year, in 1679, soldiers that were not in service commencement under the age of majority. In the year 2017, there were 2128. According to the report, the past five years, continuing the upward trend was stopped for the first time.
The defence Commissioner of the Bundestag, Hans-Peter Bartels, told the newspaper: “The Trend is going in the right direction.” At the same time, the SPD politician warned: “The recruitment of Minors into the German armed forces must remain the exception and not the rule.”
minors are not allowed to from the age of 17 to join the army, however, still no service with the weapon. Also in the missions abroad may only be sent at the age of majority. The use of the weapon is allowed only for training purposes.