The German military, plagued by a shortage of recruits, is considering accepting foreign citizens to help fill out the ranks, the country’s top soldier said Thursday.
“In times of skilled labor shortage, we have to look in all directions,” Gen. Eberhard Zorn, Germany’s chief of defense, told the country’s Funke Media Group.
Zorn said the military is particularly interested in recruiting foreign nationals to fill jobs such as doctors and information technology specialists. However, a much broader enlistment campaign could be under way.
Der Spiegel, a prominent German magazine, reported Thursday that internal government documents reveal that Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to bolster the force by tapping into the country’s large population of Poles, Romanians and Italians.