The World from Berlin Germany Weighs the Elimination of Conscription

German Defense Minister Guttenberg has proposed eliminating mandatory conscription and radically reducing the size of the country's armed forces. The move would also put an end to mandatory civil service for conscientious objectors. Editorialists are as conflicted by Guttenberg's proposals as the German government.
Germany's defense minister wants to shrink the country's army from 252,000 to 165,000 soldiers.

Germany's defense minister wants to shrink the country's army from 252,000 to 165,000 soldiers.

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-- Daryl Lindsey