The Bundeswehr (German armed forces) grew from 179,797 soldiers in July 2018 to 182,832 in July 2019, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 27 August. The ministry attributed the 3,035 increase to the addition of professional soldiers and short-service volunteers.
Some 8,600 professional soldiers and short-service volunteers joined the Bundeswehr since it reached a low level of 166,500 personnel in 2016, according to the German MoD, which described this as "a considerable achievement in times of demographic change and heavy competition on the labour market".
The ministry noted a slight fall in the number of voluntary conscripts, to 7,675, but described this as "a conscious change in strategy" as the Bundeswehr "wants experts to commit themselves longer".
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