Dhe reservists association sees the reserve of armed forces in a desolate condition. “It’s a squad that still exists largely on paper,” said association president Patrick Sensburg of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”. “A functioning reserve is part of an effective deterrent, currently primarily against Russia. But the way the reserve is currently designed, it cannot do all that.”
He called for “a comprehensive reorientation” and better equipment. In order to increase the clout, Sensburg recommended more commitment for the service.
“So far, reservists can decide for themselves whether they practice or not. In my opinion, they should be required to practice at least 14 days every two years. The reservists must also be released from their employer for this time.”
In February, the FDP leadership brought a strengthened Bundeswehr reserve into play as an alternative to a return to conscription. Reservists could become a stronger component in a modern and powerful Bundeswehr, according to a draft decision for consultations in the party presidium.