MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Exactly 65 years ago, the first 101 soldiers in the West German armed forces received their certificates of appointment. November 12, 1955 is therefore considered to be the hour of birth of the Bundeswehr, which has come a long way since then: from alliance and national defense to the army in action.
But the Bundeswehr remains a parliamentary army. Before German troops can be stationed abroad, the Bundestag must agree.
Thanks for your life’s commitment
Internal and external security is a particular concern of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. She congratulated the Bundeswehr on its 65th anniversary. Group leader Ralph Brinkhaus tweeted: “Our soldiers have been defending our freedom, our constitution and our basic values since 1955. You do service – also at the risk of your own life – for our country and our own security. We thank you!”
The soldiers of the #Bundeswehr do outstanding things. For example, they are currently supporting the health authorities in the fight against #Corona. Today the Bundeswehr is 65 years old. Time to say “thank you” and of course “Happy Birthday” 🎉 pic.twitter.com/086FRsUDtY
– CDU / CSU (@cducsubt) November 12, 2020
Parliamentary army stands in the middle of society
The parliamentary group’s defense policy spokesman, Henning Otte, emphasized that the soldiers, as the parliamentary army, are unmistakably at the center of society. “Even today they are proving that their efforts are tireless and of essential importance.” Not only did they fight for Germany’s security and freedom far away from home, they also demonstrated strength and perseverance in containing the coronavirus at home. “Our thanks go to all members of the Bundeswehr, our appreciation and our respect,” said Otte. Due to the corona pandemic, the public vow in front of the backdrop of the Reichstag, which was planned for the 65th anniversary, had to be canceled. Instead, the ceremony took place on a smaller scale on the grounds of Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Nine recruits from the army, navy and air force marched on to take their pledge. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer gave a speech.
The #Bundeswehr was founded 65 years ago today. Our soldiers have been defending our freedom, our constitution and our fundamental values since 1955. You do service – also at the risk of your own life – for our country and our security. We thank you!
– Ralph Brinkhaus (@rbrinkhaus) November 12, 2020
Rearmament as part of the western link
The rearmament of Germany just ten years after the end of World War II was hotly controversial in politics and society at the time. The inclusion of the Federal Republic in the security system of the Western European Union and the accession to NATO resulted in the establishment of military structures. They had been prepared by the so-called Blank Office, which officially became the Federal Ministry of Defense in June 1955. Security officer Theodor Blank was appointed the first defense minister.
Soldiers are citizens in uniform
In order to break away from the Wehrmacht, the Bundeswehr was set up as a conscription army. The democratic localization was reflected in the principle of internal leadership. Soldiers in the Bundeswehr see themselves as “citizens in uniform”. It was not until 2011 that the conscription army became a volunteer army.
National and alliance defense back in focus
The Bundeswehr has the constitutional mandate to defend Germany. While the Bundeswehr was limited to national and alliance defense during the Cold War, it has developed more and more into an army in action over the past three decades. Above all, within the framework of the United Nations, NATO or the European Union, she participates in missions to avoid crises or to contain conflicts. The operations in Afghanistan and Mali as well as the fight against the terror network Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are currently among the most important mandates. But national and alliance defense has also come to the fore again since the peace dividend that brought the end of the Cold War to be used up.
Contingent for Corona aid
In the event of a crisis or catastrophe in Germany – such as earthquakes, major fires or floods – the Bundeswehr provides administrative assistance. On request, it can provide personnel and material, technology and logistics. 15,000 soldiers are available for aid missions in the corona pandemic. In view of the second wave of pandemics, the quota is to be increased to 16,000 by the end of November. Around 5,000 workers are currently already supporting the health authorities, making compromises or helping out in old people’s and nursing homes. The Bundeswehr is expected to provide logistical support for the upcoming vaccination campaign.
In order for the Bundeswehr to fulfill its diverse tasks at home and abroad, so that it can remain a reliable ally, it needs heavy investments in personnel and material. The path we have chosen to modernize the armed forces must be continued. This is all the more true as Europe has to become more independent in terms of security policy within the transatlantic alliance and must take on more responsibility.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.