No deterrent potential
Association complains about the desolate state of the Bundeswehr reserve
4/14/2023 8:43 am
A functioning reservist association can have a deterrent effect. The Bundeswehr reserve in Germany is still a long way from that, says association president Sensburg. He calls for a “comprehensive reorientation” and better equipment.
The reservists association sees the reserve of the Bundeswehr 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, especially against Russia at the moment. 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 obliged to practice at least every two years for 14 days. For this time, the Reservists can also be released by the employer.”
Reserve or conscription?
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.
According to the reservists’ association, it has more than 115,000 members. It is one of the most important interest groups for active and former soldiers. Since the end of 2019, the former CDU member of the Bundestag Sensburg has been at the head of the association.