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"Citizen in Uniform:" Democratic Germany and the Changing Bundeswehr
Strategy Research Project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This Strategic Research Project SRP describes how Innere Fuehrung, with its corollary of citizen in uniform, assured that the norms and values of the German Basic Law were embedded in the Bundeswehr. It elaborates on this principle and shows how Innere Fuehrung shaped the civil-military relationship in Germany. It then explains how the principle has successfully adapted to three paradigm changes of the Bundeswehr a rearmament that included integration of former Wehrmacht and Reichswehr soldiers, b integration of former East German soldiers after reunification, c performance of new worldwide missions. It then examines a recent fourth paradigm change Germany s transition to an all-volunteer force. The SRP concludes with some recommendations to ensure that Innere Fuehrung, with its corollary of citizen in uniform, will remain the guiding principle for the new all-volunteer Bundeswehr.
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