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Armed forces reform: parts of the Bundeswehr are to get new uniforms

According to information from Business Insider, the cyber troops of the Bundeswehr will become a so-called uniform area: In addition to the universal camouflage suit, the armed forces will in future have four uniforms.

It is still unclear what color the suit is. So far the soldiers have at least all been wearing a navy blue beret.

Allegedly, the controversial reform, which, according to Inspector General Eberhard Zorn, should also include the dissolution of the armed forces base and the medical service, should take effect on April 1, 2022. Observers think this is unlikely.

So far, there have been three different uniforms in the Bundeswehr, by means of which one can see at first glance whether a soldier belongs to the army, the air force or the navy: pants and jacket in gray for the army, in blue for the air force and very dark blue for the navy.

Now a fourth uniform is to be added - for the cyber troops of the army. According to information from Business Insider, the cyber and information space organizational area, which is responsible for the security and operation of the armed forces IT and information acquisition, is to become a so-called dimensional area of ​​responsibility alongside the army, air force and navy. This means that a distinction is no longer made between traditional types of weapons, but rather according to areas in which the Bundeswehr's mission is to be fulfilled.

It is unclear what color the service suit should be. So far, CIR soldiers have worn uniforms in the respective color of their troop type, as well as a navy blue beret with a corresponding badge.

This should take effect no later than April 1, 2022, according to the Ministry of Defense. Then the planned restructuring of the Bundeswehr should also be completed. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrennauer (CDU) wants to present key points on this so far on May 19.

Most recently, the Bundeswehr leadership in the Bendler Block was talking about dissolving the armed forces base and the medical service as independent organizational areas. However, this had caused massive resistance, especially in the medical service. After Business Insider had reported exclusively on the reform plans, Kramp-Karrenbauer was also politically criticized within her own party. Accordingly, a final decision on the reform should no longer be made before the election, as it announced, but only afterwards, it is said. AKK rejects this, however.

Over the past few days, attempts have been made within the Ministry of Defense to smooth things over. The inspector general had several discussions with the inspectors of the armed forces and organizational areas. The result: With the dissolution of the armed forces base, it remains, Kramp-Karrenbauer now has to decide personally about the dissolution of the medical service. Obviously it is also clear: The previous Bundeswehr units within Germany for disaster relief operations will be combined into a territorial command under the leadership of a National Territorial Commander with two offices. What will become of the various Bundeswehr offices for armaments, procurement or personnel, or what significance these should have in the future, is apparently still open. It is also said to be unclear how the numerous logistics associations of the armed forces base are dealt with.

So the bottom line is that a lot is still in the balance. Those involved in the process suspect that key points will not yet be fully named on May 19. Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that the decision on such a far-reaching reform will in the end only be made after the election. Whether Kramp-Karrenbauer will then remain in office to implement the reform - even in their own party not a few are vigorously shaking their heads.