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The Ger­many De­fence Min­istry plans to re­cruit nearly 14,300 sol­diers over the next seven years, mark­ing the Ger­man Army’s first ex­pan­sion since the Cold War. The min­istry will also in­crease its bud­get from €34.2 bil­lion to €39.2 bil­lion by the end of the decade. Ac­cord­ing to Ger­man De­fence Min­is­ter Ur­sula von der Leyen, the pro­posed plan will help the armed forces to re­act ap­pro­pri­ately to new tasks. Ger­many is cur­rently in­volved in 16 for­eign mis­sions, in­clud­ing mon­i­tor­ing the mi­gra­tion of refugees across the Mediter­ranean and sup­port­ing NATO al­lies in the east. In a state­ment, von der Leyen said: “A quar­ter cen­tury of con­trac­tion is over. It is time for the Bun­deswehr to grow again.”

In Jan­uary, the Ger­man Par­lia­ment’s mil­i­tary om­buds­man Hans-Peter Bar­tels re­vealed that the coun­try’s army is op­er­at­ing with fewer per­son­nel and ob­so­lete equip­ment. The army cur­rently em­ploys 87,000 civil­ian per­son­nel and 1,77,000 mil­i­tary staff, but is re­port­edly fac­ing a short­age of sol­diers for a range of multi­na­tional op­er­a­tions. The re­cruit­ment will break the cap of 1,85,000 troops im­posed in 2011. The ma­jor­ity of the new sol­diers will be trained in modern war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties, such as cy­ber-war­fare. Ger­many has the se­cond largest armed forces in the EU after France.

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