The Federal Cabinet has decided to amend the Soldiers' Law. This will allow extremists and criminals to be released from the Bundeswehr more quickly in the future. The round of ministers passed a corresponding draft law, which Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) had presented.
According to information provided by the German press agency, one change aims to allow regular soldiers to be fired without notice even in the fifth to eighth year of service in the event of particularly serious misconduct.
The declared aim is to speed up proceedings in cases of extremism, but also criminal offenses, while at the same time observing the accused's claims to a fair and legal process.
So far, the employment of temporary soldiers after the fourth year of service has only been possible through a criminal conviction or by removal from the service according to judicial disciplinary proceedings. To do this, they often have to remain in employment for several years.