The World from Berlin 'End of an Era' as Germany Suspends Conscription

The German army received its last round of conscripts on Monday ahead of the official suspension of the draft later this year. German commentators have reacted to the end of a tradition with mixed feelings. Some miss the camaraderie of the barracks, while others argue the reforms are long overdue.
The German army's last conscripts showed up for duty on Monday, including these men in the city of Neubrandenburg.

The German army's last conscripts showed up for duty on Monday, including these men in the city of Neubrandenburg.

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-- David Gordon Smith