Europe’s soldiers keep quitting, just when NATO needs them

March 19, 2024

“At NATO meetings, we can talk about equipment, but now we also talk about ... the level of retention,” he added. As Europe rearms in reaction to the war in Ukraine, countries such as Croatia are mulling bringing back conscription. Germany scrapped conscription in 2011, but with many in the military ageing out of service there’s renewed discussion over some kind of national service system being reintroduced. Not only about moneyIn France, military personnel are staying in the armed forces on average one year less than they used to. One of the French plan’s flagship measures is to boost retirement pensions by integrating bonuses; salaries are also being increased.