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  • Wenke Apt
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Part of the Demographic Research Monographs book series (DEMOGRAPHIC)

Abstract

The present book addresses the implications of demographic change for international security and provides a detailed analysis of the impact of demographic issues on military recruitment in Germany. Research is guided by the central question of whether demographic change, and the ensuing military manpower recruitment challenges, will constrain Germany’s ability to take up its envisaged role in world affairs. To answer this question, the demand and supply side of military manpower are put under scrutiny. The international security environment and the resultant requirements for Western military organizations and their soldiers form the demand side of military manpower. Meanwhile, a broad range of trends in the social environment of the Bundeswehr suggests that recruiting enough people of the right quality will remain a continuing challenge. These socio-demographic factors represent the supply side of military manpower and form the structural framework for the subsequent analysis. Following this approach, the book gives prominence to a topic that has thus far been under-represented in the greater discussion of demographic change, though is no less important than the implications for domestic policy: the demographic impact on international affairs.

Keywords

Demographic Change Youth Population Military Organization Military Mission Relative Cohort Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenke Apt
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  1. 1.VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbHBerlinGermany

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