GERMAN authorities are considering reintroducing conscription in the event of a national emergency.
A new paper on civil defence says drafting in civilians to boost the armed forces would be necessary in times of national crisis, including an incursion by an enemy state on NATO territory.
Germany’s controversial new Civil Defence Concept, which will be debated by MPs tomorrow, raises the prospect of a return to conscription after it was dropped in 2011.
Angela Merkel’s administration will assess the recommendations – the first since the Cold War – as part of a major review into Germany’s defence capabilities.
The same document sets out how German citizens should stockpile enough food and drink to last for 10 days in case of an attack or a major catastrophe.
The precautionary measures demand that people “prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future”.
In the sub section on the delivery of post in times of crisis, it states: “The quick and safe delivery of messages with special importance to the German army (for example decisions concerning the reintroduction of conscription) will be carried out according to the terms of the telecommunications security law.”
The paper also discusses how the new conscripts would be housed in the event of a mass call-up.
The authors suggest civilians and non-military companies would be called on to help with accommodation and infrastructure.
Mrs Merkel has responded to the increased instability with a promise to increase Germany’s role within NATO.
She said in June: “It will not go well in the long run if we say that we hope and expect others to carry the defence burden for us.”
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