Modern Languages and Literatures, Department of


Date of this Version

February 1978


Published in ARMED FORCES AND SOCIETY, Vol. 4 No. 2, February 1978. Copyright © 1978 Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. Published by Sage Publications. Used by permission.


In recent years, one can observe a more intense interest on the part of the academic community and in the general public of the Federal Republic of Germany in questions concerning the Bundeswehr and about problems of the relationship between the military and society. One of the major reasons for the new scrutiny has been the drastic increase in the number of conscientious objectors to military service, occurring at the end of the 1960s. However, questions of the extensive defense- political aspects of the problem were less at the center of this interest than questions of educational and socialization processes in the Bundeswehr, particularly during the period of military service.