Bundeswehr

  • federal defence forces of germany
    'bundeswehr'
    logo of the bundeswehr.svg
    motto"wir. dienen. deutschland."[1] (english: we serve germany)
    founded12 november 1955 (1955-11-12)
    current form3 october 1990
    service branchesemblem of german ground forces army
    emblem of german navy navy
    emblem of german air force air force
    emblem of streitkräftebasis joint support service
    emblem of sanitaetsdienst joint medical service
    emblem of cyber- und informationsraum cyber and information domain service
    headquartersberlin, bonn, and www.bundeswehr.de edit this at wikidata
    leadership
    supreme commandduring normal peacetime:
    the minister of defence[2]
    after declaration of state of defence:
    the federal chancellor[3]
    federal chancellorangela merkel
    minister of defenceannegret kramp-karrenbauer
    inspector generalgeneral eberhard zorn (heer)
    manpower
    military age17
    conscriptionyes, suspended
    active personnel183,191 (february 2020) (ranked 26th)
    reserve personnel29,200 (2019)
    deployed personnel3,447 (16 march 2020)
    expenditures
    budget€47.878 billion ($54.751 billion) (2019)[4]
    percent of gdp1.38% (2019)
    industry
    domestic suppliersairbus
    rheinmetall
    howaldtswerke-deutsche werft
    krauss-maffei wegmann
    hensoldt
    mbda deutschland gmbh
    heckler & koch
    diehl defence
    foreign suppliers european union
     united states
    annual exports€8.015 billion (2019)[5]
    related articles
    historymilitary history of germany
    ranksrank insignia of the german bundeswehr

    the bundeswehr (german: [ˈbʊndəsˌveːɐ̯] (about this soundlisten), federal defence forces) is the unified armed forces of germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities. the states of germany are not allowed to maintain armed forces of their own, since the german constitution states that matters of defense fall into the sole responsibility of the federal government.[6]

    the bundeswehr is divided into a military part (armed forces or streitkräfte) and a civil part with the armed forces administration (wehrverwaltung). the military part of the federal defense force consists of the german army, the german navy, the german air force, the joint support service, the joint medical service, and the cyber and information space command.

    as of february 2020, the bundeswehr has a strength of 183,191 active soldiers and 80,701 civilians,[7] placing it among the 30 largest military forces in the world and making it the second largest in the european union behind france in terms of personnel. in addition the bundeswehr has approximately 29,200 reserve personnel (2019).[8] with german military expenditures at €47.878 billion,[4] the bundeswehr is the eighth or ninth best-funded military in the world, even if in terms of share of german gdp, military expenditures remain average at 1.38%[4] and below the nato target of 2%. germany aims to expand the bundeswehr to around 203,000 soldiers by 2025 to better cope with increasing responsibilities.[9]

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Federal Defence Forces of Germany
'Bundeswehr'
Logo of the Bundeswehr.svg
Motto"Wir. Dienen. Deutschland."[1] (English: We serve Germany)
Founded12 November 1955 (1955-11-12)
Current form3 October 1990
Service branchesEmblem of German Ground Forces Army
Emblem of German Navy Navy
Emblem of German Air Force Air Force
Emblem of Streitkräftebasis Joint Support Service
Emblem of Sanitaetsdienst Joint Medical Service
Emblem of Cyber- und Informationsraum Cyber and Information Domain Service
HeadquartersBerlin, Bonn, and www.bundeswehr.de Edit this at Wikidata
Leadership
Supreme CommandDuring normal peacetime:
the Minister of Defence[2]
After declaration of state of defence:
the Federal Chancellor[3]
Federal ChancellorAngela Merkel
Minister of DefenceAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Inspector GeneralGeneral Eberhard Zorn (Heer)
Manpower
Military age17
ConscriptionYes, suspended
Active personnel183,191 (February 2020) (ranked 26th)
Reserve personnel29,200 (2019)
Deployed personnel3,447 (16 March 2020)
Expenditures
Budget€47.878 billion ($54.751 billion) (2019)[4]
Percent of GDP1.38% (2019)
Industry
Domestic suppliersAirbus
Rheinmetall
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Hensoldt
MBDA Deutschland GmbH
Heckler & Koch
Diehl Defence
Foreign suppliers European Union
 United States
Annual exports€8.015 billion (2019)[5]
Related articles
HistoryMilitary history of Germany
RanksRank insignia of the German Bundeswehr

The Bundeswehr (German: [ˈbʊndəsˌveːɐ̯] (About this soundlisten), Federal Defence Forces) is the unified armed forces of Germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities. The states of Germany are not allowed to maintain armed forces of their own, since the German Constitution states that matters of defense fall into the sole responsibility of the federal government.[6]

The Bundeswehr is divided into a military part (armed forces or Streitkräfte) and a civil part with the armed forces administration (Wehrverwaltung). The military part of the federal defense force consists of the German Army, the German Navy, the German Air Force, the Joint Support Service, the Joint Medical Service, and the Cyber and Information Space Command.

As of February 2020, the Bundeswehr has a strength of 183,191 active soldiers and 80,701 civilians,[7] placing it among the 30 largest military forces in the world and making it the second largest in the European Union behind France in terms of personnel. In addition the Bundeswehr has approximately 29,200 reserve personnel (2019).[8] With German military expenditures at €47.878 billion,[4] the Bundeswehr is the eighth or ninth best-funded military in the world, even if in terms of share of German GDP, military expenditures remain average at 1.38%[4] and below the NATO target of 2%. Germany aims to expand the Bundeswehr to around 203,000 soldiers by 2025 to better cope with increasing responsibilities.[9]