The German Bundeswehr is falling short of its goal to boost the number of its personnel and must focus on recruitment, the parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, Eva Högl, told Funk Media Group in an interview published Sunday.“The Defense Ministry is pursuing the target that the Bundeswehr should grow from currently 183,000 soldiers to 203,000 by 2031,” Högl said.
“I see that as unattainable,” she added.
The warning comes as Germany is looking to massively increase spending on defense to update its armed forces in the wake of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Bundeswehr’s numerous problems
Högl said the main problem was the high dropout rate of recru …