Bundeswehr facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsFederal Defence Forces of Germany
Insignia of the Bundeswehr
|Established||November 12, 1955|
|Current form||October 2, 1990|
Luftwaffe (Air Force)
Streitkräftebasis (Joint Support Service)
Zentraler Sanitätsdienst (Central Medical Services)
|Headquarters||Bonn, Berlin and Potsdam|
|Commander-in-Chief||Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière
after declaration of state of defence: Chancellor Angela Merkel
|Minister of Defense||Thomas de Maizière|
|Chief of staff||General Volker Wieker (Heer)|
|Conscription||No (Suspended on 1 July 2011)|
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|19,594,118 (2009 est.), age 17–49|
|Fit to be
|15,747,493 (2009 est.), age 17–49|
|445,048 (2009 est.)|
|Active employees/soldiers||207,247 active|
|Reserve personnel||200,000 reserves|
|Budget||€ 31.1 billion (FY09)|
|Percent of GDP||1.5% (FY09)|
|Suppliers from inland||EADS
Heckler & Koch
| European Union
|Annual imports||Volume of about $1 bln (2009 est.)|
|Annual exports||Volume of about $9 bln (2009 est.)|
The Bundeswehr (German for "Federal Defence Force"; ) are the German Armed Forces. The German armed forces are for the unified Germany itself and do not have several parts for the States of Germany.
There are five sections: three bigger ones: Heer (Army), Marine (Navy) and Luftwaffe (Air Force) form one unified force, not three separate fighting forces. And two smaller ones: Joint Support Service (Streitkräftebasis) and Central Medical Services (Zentraler Sanitätsdienst).
In peace-time the commander-in-chief is the Federal Minister of Defence, and in wartime the Chancellor of Germany. This is unlike most countries where the head of state is commander in chief.
In March 2012, there were about 207,000 soldiers serving in the Bundeswehr; there are another 200,000 in reserve. Conscription for the Bundeswehr has been abolished in July 2011.
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The Federal Republic of Germany joined NATO in 1955.
The Bundeswehr was the first NATO member to use the Soviet-built MiG 29 jet, taken over from the former East German Air Force after reunification.
German Army soldiers in Afghanistan in front of Dingo infantry mobility vehicles, 2009