The Bundeswehr (German for "Federal Defence"; Aboot this soondlisten ) is the unified airmed forces o the Federal Republic o Germany an thair ceevil admeenistration an procurement authorities. The States o Germany are nae allaed tae maintain airmed forces o thair own, syne the German Constitution states that matters o defense faw intae the sole responsibility o the federal govrenment.[6]

Federal Defence Forces o Germany
Bundeswehr Kreuz Black.svg
Insignia of the Bundeswehr
FoonditNovember 12, 1955
Current furmOctober 2, 1990
Service branchesEmblem o German Ground Forces Grund Forces

Emblem o German Air Force Air Force
Emblem of German Navy Navy
Emblem o Streitkräftebasis Jynt Support Service

Emblem o Bundeswehr Jynt Medical Service Bundeswehr Jynt Medical Service
HeidquartersBonn, Berlin an Potsdam
Commander-in-ChiefDefence Meenister Ursula von der Leyen[1]
efter declaration o state o defence: Chancellor Angela Merkel[2]
Minister of DefenseUrsula von der Leyen
Chief of DefenseGeneral Volker Wieker (Heer)
Militar age17
ConscriptionNo (Suspended on 1 July 2011)
Available for
militar service
19,594,118 (2009 est.), age 17–49
Fit for
militar service
15,747,493 (2009 est.), age 17–49
Reachin militar
age annually
445,048 (2009 est.)
Active personnel182,927 (2013)[3]
Reserve personnel144,000 (2010)[4]
Budget€ 33.26 billion[5] (FY13)
Percent o GDP1.2% (FY11)
Domestic suppliersEADS
Heckler & Koch
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
Walther airms
Foreign suppliers European Union member nations;
 Unitit States
Annual importsVolume o aboot $1 bln (2009 est.)
Annual exportsVolume o aboot $9 bln (2009 est.)


  1. "Art 65a Basic Law". Retrieved 7 Juin 2011.
  2. "Art 115b Basic Law". Retrieved 7 Juin 2011.
  3. "Aktuelle Personalstärke: Soldaten und Soldatinnen der Bundeswehr" (in (in German)). 13 Juin 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  4. "Send in the reserves". Armed Forces Journal. Februar 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  5. . Federal ministry of Finance Retrieved 27 August 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. "Art 87a (1) Basic Law". Retrieved 7 Juin 2011.