German troops were forced to leave a NATO military exercise only 12 days into the month-long event in Norway after exhausting all of their allotted overtime.
Under German military organization, personnel are only allowed to work 41 hours a week, with no monetary compensation for overtime- only the reward of time off.
According to the Independent, Soldiers often are spending entire days doing nothing due to the country’s stringent working restrictions.
Budget cuts have hit the German military particularly hard- last year, less than half of Germany’s 66 Panavia Tornado aircraft were classified as “airworthy”. Ground troops were forced to use broomsticks in place of machine guns during exercises and the military is severely short of night-vision devices.
With budget shortages affecting readiness capabilities, German Parliamentary Armed Forces Commissioner Hans-Peter Bertels has called for the German government to increase flexibility through conversion of weekly overtime limits to yearly limits.
Expressing his disdain for the current restrictions, Bertels said that “It can’t be (tolerated) that we can’t fulfill our Nato obligations because of overtime.”
The German Bundeswehr has a budget of about 3.4 billion Euros, about 1.2% of Germany’s GDP.
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