Germany’s Army Chief, Alfons Mais, confidently stated that Germany will have the best-equipped army division amongst European NATO allies by 2025. Despite not currently having a combat-ready division, Berlin plans to have its first operational division by 2025 and another by 2027.
- Germany aims to establish its first of three divisions by 2025, which will initially have 80%-90% of the required personnel. The plans have been agreed upon with NATO.
- Lieutenant General Alfons Mais said Germany’s division will comprise two mechanized brigades, a medium brigade, and a Dutch brigade. This combination is expected to yield the best-equipped division of all European NATO partners by 2025.
- The division’s ammunition supply by 2025 remains a challenge, as Western countries are currently supplying large amounts of shells to Kyiv, further depleting stocks.
- According to Mais, supporting Ukraine is currently more important than establishing a division, a sentiment echoed by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
- The establishment of the second German division, scheduled for 2027, is heavily reliant on purchases from a €100 billion special fund intended to modernize the German military after years of financial neglect.