Germany is raising the number of its troops for the first time since 1990, ending a quarter of a century of successive cuts in the army since the end of the Cold War.
The Bundeswehr is expected to increase in the next seven years by 14,300 soldiers, while 4,400 civilian officers will also be added to the service, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.
Germany is preparing to join efforts to bolster NATO’s presence on its eastern flank bordering Russia, in a bid to reassure east European alliance members rattled by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.
It has also joined an international coalition battling IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
German soldiers totalled 178,000 last December, hovering close to the cap of 185,000 imposed since 2011.
Full article: Germany to increase troops for first time since Cold War ended (Spacewar)