Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is filling a key position in his ministry. The previous head of the human resources department was replaced last week.

Oda Döring will be the only department head in the male-dominated Ministry of Defense. The reason is the precarious applicant situation in the Bundeswehr. Instead of growing towards the target of 203,000 soldiers as planned, the force is permanently hovering around 182,000.. The declining number of applicants is one of the biggest problems for the Bundes wehr and Defense Minister Pistorius.