Germany's military is one of the largest in Europe. "The Bundeswehr" is a catch-all term in German, incorporating the army, navy and air force.
Following a reduction in numbers and the suspension of subscription in 2011, the Bundeswehr went down to a strength of around 180,000 troops. This is bolstered by around 40,000 reservists, many of whom are youngsters serving a stint as national service. The Bundeswehr has no paramilitary troops. Germany has a post-World War II reluctance to send combat troops abroad. But since the 1990s the Bundeswehr has been involved in operations all over the world; with 100,000 German troops having served in Afghanistan alone since 2002. This is a collection of DW's latest content pertaining to the Bundeswehr.
The Bundeswehr has accused drill instructors at a barracks in southern Germany of intentionally overexerting new recruits. Six recruits broke down during a running exercise in January, including one who was hospitalized.